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Historical Figures in the Hot Seat Defend Their Character Traits

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Even historical figures have clearly defined character traits that can be examined. But what if you had to defend your character traits to others? In this integrated language arts and social studies resource, 20 historical Americans are put to the test in the Hot Seat. A student role-plays as the historical figure and not only defends his or her character traits, but answers questions as the character!

How it Works
Students work alone, in pairs or in a cooperative group of four to research the historical figure. It is a short-term research project made easy with QR codes to access pre-selected websites that have the information needed to be in the Hot Seat. Students will research the following using the PRINTABLES with QR codes:

♦ evidence for the historical figure’s character traits
♦ basic information about the historical figure
♦ construct a timeline of the person’s life

Your students will need a computer with a webcam or tablet device and a QR Reader App to scan the printed QR codes. If not, you can use the PDF that has active links to the websites or just type in the supplied URL into a web browser.

To get deeper into the mind of the historical figure and the era in which he or she lived, students will also use the RAFT writing technique. RAFT writing allows writing from another person’s perspective. For example, students write as Thomas Jefferson writing a friendly letter to King George III of England to persuade him to visit the colonies and see firsthand why the colonists are unhappy. There are 20 RAFT writing prompts, one for each historical figure.

In the Hot Seat!
Finishing the research, the student who will role play the historical figure prepares for the Hot Seat!

The student who is in the Hot Seat will field questions from the audience (the other students). A Hot Seat card with five questions is used by the other students to ask the historical figure questions about his/her life and character traits. Students can also come up with their questions or follow up questions.

The student who role plays must answer in character, and can even use props or dress up as the character to add authenticity.

What’s Included
♦ 20 Hot Seat Cards with Questions with QR codes (one for each historical figure)
♦ 20 Find Evidence of Traits Printables with QR codes (one for each historical figure)
♦ 20 Find Résumé Printables with QR codes (one for each historical figure)
♦ 20 RAFT Writing Prompts Printables one for each historical figure)
♦ Extended Learning Printables (Text Messaging, Blurt It Out, Appearing Soon)
♦ PDF List of Historical Figures with Website Links with active links
♦ Grading Sheets for grades 3, 4, and 5
♦ Instructions and suggestions for each section

Only the Hot Seat cards are in color, but printing in black and white is also an option.
Printables are in black and white.

Who’s Included?

♦ George Washington
♦ Benjamin Franklin
♦ Thomas Jefferson
♦ John Adams

♦ Abraham Lincoln
♦ Harriet Tubman
♦ Frederick Douglass
♦ Sojourner Truth

♦ Susan B. Anthony
♦ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
♦ Alice Paul
♦ Lucy Stone

♦ Martin Luther King, Jr.
♦ Rosa Parks
♦ Thurgood Marshall
♦ John Lewis

♦ Helen Keller
♦ Eleanor Roosevelt
♦ César Chávez
♦ Barack Obama

Check out the PREVIEW to see most of the resource (you will see collage images, but each card and printable is on its own page).

You can also see the Fairy Tale Characters version of HOT SEAT here. Put fairy tale characters in the HOT SEAT!

Interested in more resources for English Language Arts for:

★ character analysis
★ central message
★ point of view and perspectives
★ literature companion packs
★ literary centers
★ shades of meaning
★ commas and addresses
★ vocabulary assessments
★ narrative writing
★ ELA games



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