It's gonna be awesome, with a capital "A"
The top figures of the past 500 years of world history will compete for the championship. Who is the most "influential"? What does "influential" mean? That's what you will seek to evaluate as you make a 2-minute speech to advocate for your assigned person. Welcome to the Big Dance!
Hall of Fame Examples
1. Choose a subject
2. Conduct Research
You must locate 8-10 relevant biographical details about your person using three resources. Do not use Google or Wikipedia until you've tried these resources.
3. Write a Biography
Each student must write a biography to persuade viewers of the significance of your person. Focus on "influential," not random details. Imagine this as a speech read by one person. You can turn it into a skit with multiple actors later if you want. Your biography must be around 250 words. You should be able to read this amount comfortably in 60-120 seconds.
- Use the same file as your research notes.
- Follow the formatting rules for an essay.
- Italicize a historical context sentence that introduces the WHO-WHAT-WHEN-WHERE.
- Bold your thesis statement that answers the "So what?" question.
- Turn this part in via Schoology.
4. Record a video
5. Turn in your video file
7. Compete, vote & assess
With 64 entries, the field is deep. We will, during the course of a week, mixed in with our other current projects and assignments, watch the speeches and vote online to narrow the field to the Sweet 16. Grades will not be determined by whether you win or lose in the voting.
- The first assessment for this project was based on how you completed your speech/video according to the instructions (with research). See your Google email account for personalized feedback.
- The second assessment is based on your written analysis (part 8, below) and completion of your student bracket/notesheet.
- In the third assessment, you will expound the judgments you make in your essay using a Socratic Circle discussion in the classroom.
- When the field has been reduced to the Sweet 16, other students and community members will be invited to vote in the competition.
Results to be announced via Twitter @teamHISTORY.
8. Written reflection
Select at least four of the topics below. For each, write a response of 100-150 words with well-organized paragraphs and specific examples from the project. Your document should total 500-600 words. Use details from your notesheet. Save your file in your Google Drive world history folder.
- Judge and explain which historical figures in the tournament were given too high a seed going in and should be lowered in the future.
- Judge and explain which historical figures in the tournament were given too low a seed going in and should be raised in the future.
- Judge and explain which historical figures in the tournament would have fared differently if parents would have done the voting.
- Judge and explain which historical figures were left out of the tournament and should be included in the future.
- Judge and explain who the four #1 seeds should be in next year's tournament.
- Judge and explain how to make a winning video (advice for future students).
- Judge and explain the most interesting things you learned about during this project.