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This poster creatively lists over forty well-known people who live or are believed to have lived with ADHD, including historical figures. Answer Key details the reasons each person is famous (actor, author, inventor, physicist, etc.), including popular movies and television programs. The caption at the bottom reads, "PEOPLE WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER ENRICH OUR LIVES."
In addition, this is especially useful for sensitivity training to help students consider the abilities of the learning disabled, since although ADHD is not specifically considered a learning disability per se, the condition can certainly affect one's ability to learn.
This poster could be a wonderful springboard for biography essays, research papers and projects. One great idea (before displaying the poster for all to see) is to begin by giving each student a name (or allowing them to choose their own), then have students research on the internet to discover what all these people have in common. Teachers can use this to guide students through the writing process. This will generate intense discussions regarding our assumptions and the abilities of people with ADHD.
Duration of lessons/unit depends on teacher focus.
This poster will be a wonderful gift for specific students because it is so easy to print. It can even be useful simply posted inconspicuously in the classroom.
This poster is tried and tested in the classroom, yours from Paradise Unlimited New England!