United States President/Famous American
General Guidelines, Dates and Specifics
Your mission is to research a U.S. President or famous American. Be prepared to tell us all about him/her. Here are some hints to get you started.
q Who is this president/famous American? Describe him/her, his family, his childhood, his adulthood, his years as president or years he/she was famous.
q What was he/she famous for? What drove him/her to become president/famous? What were his/her accomplishments?
q Where is he/she from (state)? Where did he/she go to school?
q Why you chose this person?
q When he/she was president/famous, what historical events occurred during his/her presidency/celebrity? What was the time line (time period)? How many terms did he serve (president-only)? When did he/she die? If still alive, what is he/she doing today?
This form must be kept and turned in with your final paper/presentation.
_______ T-Chart: Create a T-Chart, listing on one side what you know and the other side, what you would like to learn.
Due: 1/20/12 (5 points)
_______ Collect resources: Use at least 3 different types of resources to complete your research (Magazines, books, atlases, encyclopedia, internet, etc.) You may acquire more as you continue your research.
Due: 1/23/12 (5 points)
_______ Take notes
i. Take notes based on what you research on the internet.
ii. Notes should be checked by an adult as you gather them.
Due: 1/25/12 (15 points)
_______ Organization: Create your outline and have it approved by adult.
Due: 1/27/12 (5 points)
_______ Research Paper: Minimum of two pages of at least 5 paragraphs.
Rough Draft Due: 1/30/12 (10 points)
Final Draft Due: 2/3/12 (45 points)
_______ Bibliography: Create a bibliography including all of the sources you used to gather your notes during research (Refer to your example bibliography page.)
Due: 2/1/12 (5 points)
_______ Visual Presentation: This may need to be worked on both at school and at home. Have your presentation idea approved by an adult. Some ideas: Tri-board, Poster, Photos/drawings (No cardboard projects, please!), Slide Show (8 slides minimum), 3-D replicas, Tour Guide A-Z book.)
Due: 2/3/12 (45 points)
United State President Research Evaluation
_____ T-Chart ( 5 points)
_____ Resources ( 5 points)
_____ Notes (15 points)
_____ Outline ( 5 points)
_____ Rough Draft (10 points)
_____ Bibliography ( 5 points)
_____ Final Draft (45 points)
_____ Visual Presentation (45 points)
_____ Citizenship (10 points)
_____ Total (145 points possible)