This is a project designed for a Renaissance and Reformation unit in a World Civilizations or World History class, but could also be used in a European History course as well, along with other applicable areas. Students choose a key historical figure from the time period to impersonate, perform research on their life, and give a speech focusing on that particular individual's relevance to the Renaissance or Reformation.
The document include detailed instructions (modifiable by you) for speech preparation, sample speech outlines, a "practice" form to be filled out by peers as they listen to the speech prior to the actual presentation, examples for citing research documents, a list of historical figures (and brief biographies) to choose from, and a rubric for assessment.
Additionally, documents are included if you'd like to hold a class party the day following conclusion of the speeches where students mingle with one another as they impersonate their character. There's a signup form for treats and a sheet that requires students to interview one another to gain further knowledge on key Renaissance and Reformation individuals.