This project can be done with any real person (King Tut, Queen Elizabeth, Christopher Columbus...), or any fictional character (preferably one who would be fun to costume like the Queen of Hearts, Robinson Crusoe, Caliban...).
I had my students write their biographical paragraphs in first person, as in, "Hola, me llamo Pio Pico. I was the last governor of Alta California under Mexican rule..." or "Hi, my name is Bridget Mason, but you can call me Biddy. I was born a slave in Georgia..."
- Their name
- Why they were a famous Californian
- How they became a famous Californian (2 to 3 sentences)
- A fascinating fact
A couple of years ago, I put my students in groups and had them create life-size posters of explorers like Sebastian Vizcaino and Vitus Bering. They had to choose one group member to be traced onto a piece of white butcher paper, and then they used tempera paint to paint on clothing. (They especially liked using glitter paint on the armor of conquistador Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and the gold braid embellishing Sir Francis Drake's clothing.)