This packet (7 pages) contains everything you need for a truly phenomenal research/presentation unit, where students research a person from history, write and memorize a short 1 minute speech (in first person), and then "become" this person at a Living Wax Museum... where visitors to the museum simply have to push a button to see the wax statues come to life.
What's included? A step-by-step guide explaining what students will be responsible along with a place for students to check off as they go, A grading rubric, a list of people to research, research notes/worksheet, along with a diagram for drawing props/costumes for the character.
It is geared toward Africa, Asia, and Australia (7th grade curriculum). However, with simple modification you can have your students research the people/places of your subject matter.
I did this with my 7th graders last year... and it turned out phenomenal. On the day of the "Museum" we used the gym and had students arranged like exhibits at a museum. Students had previously made links out of red paper, and we used these like red rope at a museum to rope of the "exhibits." We then invited several other classes to come to the museum. Students did a phenomenal job creating costumes to look like their person, and did an even better job writing and memorizing their speech. Even the students who typically have behavior problems really stepped up and rose to the occasion... I was SO proud! And the school was all a-buzz about Mrs. Elitzin's "Wax Museum." It was a huge success!
As a reward for a job well done, we watched the movie "Night at the Museum" with Ben Stiller (which I have questions to the movie for sale separately).
My students LOVED this project... and yours will too! You simply HAVE to do this with your students!!!!