Day 1: Students will request a specific person in history. If more than one wants the same person, they may plead their case to the teacher as to why they should rewarded with this specific person. A list of available people should be made handy for those who need help.
(homework)Students research a person in history that they would like to portray.
Day 2: They will highlight what they believe to be the most important information. Note: Let them highlight as many items as they like.
They will then rewrite everything and change it from the third person to the first person.
Students will begin memorizing their parts. Some may have too much to memorize, so they can begin deciding what is truly important.
Have students bring in costumes.
In order to make it a little more fun, I turned my classroom into a history wax museum and the students came to life when parents knocked on their desks. We were a hit at our back to school night.