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Keywords: Language Arts, Biography, Wax Museum, History
Subject(s): Drama, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, History
Grades 6 through 11
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
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School: Indian Creek Middle School, Waterman, IL
Planned By: Scott McClure
Original Author: Scott McClure, Waterman
In language arts, students create a biographical report on someone of importance from the past. They must complete research on their character, from their character's childhood to their death, and create many mini-projects to accompany the report, such as a character quilt, poster, and journal, just to name a few.

In the end, students will dress up and simulate the character in a wax museum format. Students are spread throught the gym or school, will have a button available, that when pushed by the visitor (parents/students), will bring the "wax figure" or student to life. They must be able to give a 1 minute summary of their character's life and the importance they shared with the world.

This can be utilized in many cross-curricular ways and topics. This would be great during Black History Month, Women's History Month, through charcters found in a book series, or even people studied in history classes.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Link it up witht the Social Studies department.
Materials: Video Cameras