Grade: all
Subject: History

#1977. Bio Boards

History, level: all
Posted Tue Oct 10 20:16:43 PDT 2000 by Margie Hunter (
West Memphis High School, West Memphis
Materials Required: Access to research materials, poster board, markers, etc.
Activity Time: Several days
Concepts Taught: Beginning Research techniques

This project can be adapted to fit most age levels, but is especially good for Middle/Senior High school students to get them used to researching information in the library. I usually assign this as a work-at-home project, but I don't see why it couldn't be a group project in elementary grades.

Bio Boards
Due Friday,
Mrs. Hunter's World History
Total Project Points: 100

Step 1.
Get a piece of poster board.
Step 2.
Select an appropriate historical person from the list provided. Research this person to find out about his or her life. Include information about their childhood, family life, home, education, and career. Gather your information from your textbook, encyclopedias, biographies, Who's Who collections, the Internet or other sources. If you use the Internet, make sure your information is from a reputable source.

This part must be neatly handwritten or typed in your own words. There should be at least five (5) paragraphs. Place this section on the right side of your bio board.

Worth: 50 points

Step 3.
Drawings or pictures of the person should be placed in the center of the bio board. Use colored pencils, markers, or crayons to add color to the picture.

Worth: 10 points

Step 4.
Maps of countries, cities or towns showing where your person is from or had strongest influence may be hand-drawn, traced or photocopied. Maps are placed on the upper left side of the bio board. Use colored pencils, markers, or crayons to add color to the picture. Maps printed on a color printer are acceptable. Maps must be from the historical time period. Do not use modern-day maps.

Worth: 10 points

Step 5.
Create one trivia question on a 3x5 card or piece of paper. Attach the card to the lower left corner of the bio board so that a flap is created. The question should be displayed, the flap lifted and the answer revealed.

Worth: 10 points

Step 6.
Accuracy, neatness, and creativity are important.

Worth: 10 points

Step 7.
Your name and period are to be placed in the lower right hand corner. Bio boards will be presented in class on the due date. Late work is not accepted. If you know you will be absent, plan to turn in your board early or have a parent drop it off before your class period.

Worth: 10 points

Biography List--Choose one

Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty
Marco Polo
Lao Zi
Siddhartha Guatama (founder of Buddhism)
Kublai Khan
Empress Wu of the Tang Dynasty
Tokugawa Ieyasu
Muhammad (founder of Islamic faith)
Omar Khayyam
William the Conqueror
Joan of Arc
Eleanor of Aquitane