History Writing Activity. As a U.S. History teacher one of the biggest challenges is to help students find connections between events and people of the past. This activity helps to bridge that gap. Your students will choose two famous historic figures of the 20th century and conduct research on each person. They will then take part in a fun biography writing activity that will demonstrate their knowledge, not only of each person, but how they connect to each other. These people may have never met in their lives, but this is where your students will assume the roles of each figure and combine historical and biographical knowledge to create an interesting correspondence between the two.
What is provided for you in this activity are the following:
1. A list of famous historic figures from the 20th century
2. A list of connections that would work
3. An example of a postcard from Benjamin Banneker to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
4. A four-day plan (which could be Monday through Thursday and students sharing their postcards on Friday)
5. A rubric for ease of grading
Instead of the regular pick a person, research, and write a paper; this activity allows students to dig a little deeper because they're making the message personal. They get to combine reading, writing, technology and/or artistic creativity. I have students use either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher to create their postcards.
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