Famous American Research Project

From Mrs. Pancham's Desk: February 2016

What is this Project?

Hopefully, by now, your child has come and told you that we have started our Famous American Research Projects. Since February is a month in which we honor many of our Founding Fathers and Presidents, as well as Black History Month, students will be researching Famous Americans.

Famous Americans who have contributed to our nation's history can provide children with important role models for leadership, courage, and idealism. The students will read and understand biographies and autobiographies. The students will use a variety of print and internet resources to research a Famous American. They will write and produce a final project and some type of visual presentation. This unit will take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete. Students will have time within the school day to work, and some outside time may be necessary.

Important Due Dates

Timeline of the Project

There are six parts to this assignment with certain due dates. We have already completed quite a bit in the classroom, but some "home" time will be necessary for students to create their visual presentation.

1. Select a Famous American due Fri., Feb. 5th, 2016

2. Complete Research organizer due Fri., Feb. 12th, 2016

3. Complete 4 paragraph paper due on Wed., Feb. 17th, 2016

4. Complete bibliography due on Wed., Feb. 17th, 2016

5. Create visual presentation due on Mon., Feb., 22nd, 2016

6. In-class Presentation during the week of Feb., 22nd, 2016

What do I Need to do to Help my Child?

How to help?

Your child will be working on their research and paper in class. However, if progress is not being made, then time will need to be devoted outside of the classroom.

Also, your child has chosen in what way they would like to visually present their Famous American. They could choose from A Google Slideshow, Poster Display, Famous American Person Report, or Cube Display. They should only pick one! Your child will need some help getting supplies and putting the final touches on their presentation. Some students may need access to the internet to get pictures, type, or print off other resources.

Please have your child practice their presentation a couple of times, remind them of their due dates, and review the rubric to make sure everything has been included.

Lastly, students are encouraged to dress up as their person on the day of their presentation, but that is not an EXPECTATION! They DO NOT HAVE TO DO THIS!

Questions, Comments, or Concerns??

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this assignment, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to provide clarification. Students will be given a rubric for this assignment and the date of their presentation.