Influential Individual

Learning Targets

I can effectively use a research process (The Big 6) to find relevant information about an influential person.


I can use an appropriate technology tool (PowerPoint) to present my findings clearly and attractively.

Tasks

Your teachers have selected a list of influential individuals for you to choose from. You will explain your assigned individual’s contributions, perseverance, and courage.


1. Use the links provided to search for information on your individual.


2. Track the information you find in PowerPoint notes. Record sources as well as facts.



3. Edit the PowerPoint template provided to create a presentation that includes 7 to 9 slides with the following information:

a) Cover Slide → your name, title, picture of the person

b) Childhood →individual’s birthplace, birth year, and early life

c) Young Adulthood→ individual’s education and formative experiences

d) Adulthood →individual’s work, accomplishments, and contributions

e) Courage→ How has this individual displayed bravery? Provide quotes as evidence.

f) Perseverance→ How has this person handled hard times or challenges? Provide quotes as evidence.

g) Works Cited→ Provide a bibliography of the sources you used.

h) Optional interesting facts→ You may add interesting facts & additional photos if you have finished all other parts of the project. This is limited to two additional slides.

Resources


Encylopedia Britannica

Citation: Click the blue checkbox in the right corner of the article. Copy the citation into your notes and onto your Works Cited slide.


Grolier Online

Citation: Click "how to cite this article" under the title. Copy the citation into your notes and onto your Works Cited slide.


Biography Online

Citation: Scroll to the bottom of your article. Copy the citation and paste it into your notes and onto your Works Cited slide.


  1. Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) Catholic missionary nun / charity worker
  2. John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) US President
  3. Nelson Mandela (1918 – ) – South African President anti-apartheid campaigner
  4. Winston Churchill (1874- 1965) – British Prime Minister during WWII
  5. Muhammad Ali (1942 – ) American Boxer and civil rights campaigner
  6. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) Leader of Indian independence
  7. Margaret Thatcher (1925 – ) British Prime Minister
  8. George Orwell (1903 – 1950) British author of 1984, Animal farm
  9. Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – ) Russian President during end of Cold War
  10. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Italian, painter, scientist, polymath
  11. Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) – French chemist and microbiologist
  12. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) – Spanish modern artists
  13. Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) Dutch artist
  14. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) – US President 1932 – 1945.
  15. Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) – American civil rights activist
  16. Lyndon Johnson (1908 – 1973) – US President 1963-69
  17. Ludwig Beethoven (1770 – 1827) – German composer
  18. Eva Peron (1919 – 1952) – First Lady of Argentina
  19. Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) South African Bishop and opponent of apartheid
  20. Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012) US Pilot , first person to land on moon
  21. Jesse Owens (1913-1980) US track athlete won 4 golds at 1936 Olympics
  22. Fidel Castro (1926-) Cuban revolutionary leader
  23. Coco Chanel (1883-1971) – French Fashion designer
  24. Amelia Earhart (1897– 1937) – Female aviator
  25. Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980) – English / American film producer
  26. Babe Ruth (1895 – 1948) American baseball player
  27. Woodrow Wilson ( 1856 – 1924) US president
  28. C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963) – British author
  29. Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959) American jazz singer
  30. Billie Jean King (1943 – ) – American tennis players and campaigner for equality