This activity is one of my favorite ones I do all year. The activities instructions are currently for Early Republic American History but I also use the same activity for the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment in World History. You could easily adjust this activity to any period in any History class or even in an English class.
My students get so excited and creative while doing this project. They come up with the best handles for the people that they choose and do a great job of coming up with the best comments from other people the person they've chosen might now. I usually provide them with a list of people they can use for the activity and tell them if they think of someone else who might work to come talk to me and if it is appropriate I will approve it.
An answer key is not included as there are lots of different ways you can do this activity but the rubric is included for easy grading. I've also included a basic template that I provide my students as a model if they want to use it.
I hope you enjoy this activity as much as I and my students do!