Select and read a biography. Take notes as you read. Biography, Memoirs, Autobiography

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Wax Museum Biography

  1. Select and read a biography. Take notes as you read.

Biography, Memoirs, Autobiography: a biography tells the detailed story of someone’s life written by an author who has spent time interviewing and/or researching the person they are writing about. A memoir or autobiography is usually written by the person who is the subject of the book.
Book Suggestions: Think of a person who inspires you to try your best. This could be a famous athlete, inventor, scientist, educator, politician, activist, or entertainer. Search up your person online to see if someone has written a book about them. For inspiration check out
Some suggestions: Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson, Free the Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor by Craig Kielburger and Kevin Major
People Suggestions: Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, Shania Twain, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Michael J Fox, Frederick Banting, Stephen Harper, John F Kennedy.

  1. Write an essay of your character’s life.

One page typed in Times New Roman double-spaced OR one and one-half pages handwritten. Your essay should include one paragraph devoted to each of the following:


Paragraph 1: Birth date, birth place, current age if alive or date of death and age at time of death if deceased.

Paragraph 2: Life – childhood, young adult, adult

(Include important family members)

Paragraph 3: Education

Paragraph 4: Accomplishment(s)

Paragraph 5: Motivation in achieving accomplishment(s)

All writing must be your own. Do not attach the essay to your backdrop.

You may not use the author’s words unless you are providing a short quote.

3.    Make a backdrop about your character. The backdrop must include:

  The character’s name in large writing

  Date of birth and death ( if applicable)

  Greatest accomplishment(s)

  Two interesting facts about your character

  Time Line

  At least one picture of the character drawn by you.

  A real picture of the character.

  1. Power Point Presentation and pose for the Wax Museum. At least 5 slides.

Assessment Rubric for PowerPoint Presentations






Information presented in logical, interesting sequence

Information in logical sequence

Difficult to follow presentation--student jumps around

Cannot understand presentation--no sequence of information

Subject Knowledge

Demonstrates full knowledge by answering all class questions with explanations and elaborations

At ease with expected answers to questions but does not elaborate

Uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions

Does not have a grasp of the information. Cannot answer questions about subject


Explain and reinforce screen text and presentation

Relate to text and presentation

Occasionally uses graphics that rarely support text and presentation

Uses superfluous graphics or no graphics


Uses a variety of sources in reaching accurate conclusions

Uses a variety of sources in reaching conclusions

Presents only evidence that supports a preconceived point of view

Does not justify conclusions with research evidence

Screen Design

Includes a variety of graphics, text, and animation that exhibits a sense of wholeness. Creative use of navigational tools and buttons

Includes a variety of graphics, text, and animation. Adequate navigational tools and buttons

Includes combinations of graphics and text, but buttons are difficult to navigate. Some buttons and navigational tools work

Either confusing or cluttered, barren or stark. Buttons or navigational tools are absent or confusing

Oral Presentation

Elocution/Eye Contact

Maintains eye contact and pronounces all terms precisely. All audience members can hear

Maintains eye contact most of the time and pronounces most words correctly. Most audience members can hear presentation

Occasionally uses eye contact, mostly reading presentation, and incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members have difficulty hearing

Reads with no eye contact and incorrectly pronounces terms. Speaks too quietly
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