This is the handout that goes with the renaissance interview instructions powerpoint. Of course, the instrcutions could be printed if you prefer for them not to be in powerpoint. This assignment is sure to get some laughs in your classroom. My students love it!
The students read about a famous fugure from their text book and complete a row of the handout. Then in groups they create a life size bust of the person that includes 6 "tatoos" that show his/her accomplishments and personality characteristics. After that, I have the students cut out the mouth and the other group members interview the person in front of class. The class completes the remainder of the worksheet with the information from the interview. I do this in groups, but it could be done indivdually as well. Students would create their own mini bust and answer the questions on the page. Other students could read their interview, or they could present their figure to the class.
Making learning fun and interactive is an outstanding way to excite your social studies students. While the goal of this activity is to create excitement and to spark interest in further study, they are also standards based. This activity encourages creativity, intelligent reflection, and decision making that will help you take an active approach to teaching while inspiring your students to make their own explorations of history, writing and reading.