Wax Museum Biography Research 9-12 CCSS Aligned with Differentiated Options
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English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Common Core, Writing, Australian History, British History, Canadian History, European History
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Engaging and ready-to-go project that provides excellent support to the history, writing, and literacy curriculum to engage students and motivate students for learning.  Students can write a 9 paragraph research report or the graphic organizer can be used in place of the report for differentiated instruction.  Choose what you want and then print!

 

Included in this resource: 
✓How I Use This Resource    
Wax Museum Student Choice Version: Scene Backdrop/Character Representation/PowerPoint/Tri-fold
✓Packet Cover                                   
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (with CCSS Listed)        
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (without CCSS Listed)        
✓Requirements Pg. 2            
✓Requirements Pg. 3        
✓Requirements Pg. 4 & Parent Signature Form     
✓Key Word List            
✓Graphic Organizers                                      
✓Poster            
✓Character Research Outline            
✓Last Outline Page with MLA Works Cited Examples        
✓Last Outline Page with APA Reference Examples        
✓Last Outline Page with CMS Bibliography Examples        
✓Character’s Internet Homepage        
✓Speech Outline            
✓Peer Evaluations            
✓Character Research Report Rubric/Wax Museum Rubric    
✓Wax Museum Scene Backdrop/Character Representation/PowerPoint/Tri-fold Rubrics        
✓Alternate Rubric 1            
✓Alternate Rubric 2            
✓Alternate Rubric 3            
✓Student Choice Vote            
Optional Scene Backdrop Version Replacement Pages:
✓Packet Cover             
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (with CCSS Listed) (Same as Page 5)     
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (without CCSS Listed) (Same as Page 6)     
✓Requirements Pg. 2 (Pages 2 & 3 were combined)        
✓Requirements Pg. 4 & Parent Signature Form (Same as Page 9)     
✓Character Research Report Rubric/Wax Museum Rubric     
✓Wax Museum Scene Backdrop Rubric        
✓Student Choice Vote            
✓Alternate Rubric 2            
Optional Tri-fold or PPT Version Replacement Pages:
✓Packet Cover             
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (with CCSS Listed) (Same as Page 5)     
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (without CCSS Listed) (Same as Page 6)     
✓Requirements Pg. 2 (Pages 2 & 3 were combined)        
✓Requirements Pg. 4 & Parent Signature Form (Same as Page 9)     
✓Character Research Report Rubric/Wax Museum Rubric     
✓Wax Museum Tri-fold/PowerPoint Rubric        
✓Student Choice Vote            
✓Alternate Rubric 2 for Tri-fold            
✓Alternate Rubric 2 for PPT        
Differentiated for Diverse Learners Students Choice Version Additional/Replacement Pages:
✓Packet Cover            
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (with CCSS Listed        
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (without CCSS Listed)        
✓Requirements Pg. 2 (Same as Page 7)        
✓Requirements Pg. 3 (Same as Page 8)        
✓Requirements Pg. 4 & Parent Signature Form         
✓Character Graphic Organizer Page 1        
✓Character Graphic Organizer with Rubric Page 2    
Differentiated Optional Scene Backdrop Version Replacement Pages:
✓Packet Cover             
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (with CCSS Listed)        
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (without CCSS Listed)        
✓Requirements Pg. 2 (Pages 2 & 3 were combined) (Same as Page 41)    
✓Requirements Pg. 4 & Parent Signature Form         
✓Character Graphic Organizer Page 1  (Same as Page 53)    
✓Character Graphic Organizer with Rubric Page 2    
Differentiated Optional Tri-fold or PPT Version Replacement Pages:
✓Packet Cover             
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (with CCSS Listed)        
✓Requirements Pg. 1 (without CCSS Listed)        
✓Requirements Pg. 2 (Pages 2 & 3 were combined) (Same as Page 32)
✓Requirements Pg. 4 & Parent Signature Form         
✓Character Graphic Organizer Page 1 (Same as Page 53)
✓Character Graphic Organizer with Rubric Page 2
✓Optional Brainstorming Webs        
✓Optional Informative/Explanatory Graphic Organizers     
✓Optional Differentiated Speech Outline
✓Terms of Use                 
✓Graphics and Fonts Credit    
Primary and Secondary Sources PowerPoint        
✓5 pages of definitions, examples, and a question slide
Teaching Picture Examples
✓Larger pictures of the character/person representation

*9-12th Grade Common Core Aligned.
*You can choose with or without Common Core State Standards on your requirements page.
*There are reference choices for MLA, APA, and CMS formats.
*There are student choice, scene backdrop, and tri-fold versions as options for this project.
*Great for mixed or leveled classes to give students differentiated instruction.  
*Requirements and guidelines are detailed and organized. 
*Students know exactly what to research with the outline.
*Students will write a 9 paragraph research report.
*Gives students a choice for their character representation.
*Practical and easy to understand rubrics for teachers, parents, and students.
*Permission slip to inform parents.
*Easy scoring on a 10 points each category out of 100 points for the rubrics.   Or the rubric totals up to 100 points.
*Zip folder contains 2 PDFs and 1 PowerPoint.
*Aligned with Common Core State Standards.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2, SL.9-12.4, SL.9-12.5, SL.9-12.6, ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2, WHST.9-12.4, WHST.9-12.5, WHST.9-12.6, WHST.9-12.7, WHST.9-12.8, WHST.9-12.9, ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-12.1, RH.9-12.7, RH.9-12.8, RH.9-12.9, ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2, W.9-12.4, W.9-12.5, W.9-12.7, W.9-12.8

The way I use it...
      Students enjoy this project!  This is a 2-3 month project.  Each class is different and each year is different; therefore, I can't do everything the same each time I teach the same subject.  I give each student a three pronged folder with the packet inside.  As I scaffold and model the information to my students, I have students write in the due dates.  I make this an at-school project and have students keep their research folder in a designated location.  Also, you can choose themes for your project such as children’s authors, presidents, Native Americans, American Revolution historical figures, American heroes, African Americans, famous people/Americans, scientists/inventors, composers, or historical figures from your state. The choice is yours!

     I decided to keep the requirement pages for the variations/differentiation choices grouped together in each category.  I thought this would be less confusing for the teacher when deciding what to print out for his or her students.   It will state “Same as page #” next to the page description in the table of contents.

     Also, I send home pages 4-9 of the Wax Museum with the parent signature form on the last page and/or create a Google permission slip.  The way I use the parent signature form is by putting it in with the grade/rubric so that the student is required to make the parent(s) aware of this project.  This is a way for parents to know about this project in advance and not the night before presentations.  I like to work out any issues or modifications early on in projects.  This way, it can be enjoyable for you, the student, and the parent(s).  

     Next, I will choose which graphic organizers to give the students or I may give them all the choices and let them choose. The outline and graphic organizers are an optional teaching tool to help the students organize their thoughts.

Graphic Organizer Uses:
✓Cause and Effect - May be utilized for the historical figure’s life choices or impacts.
✓Definitions –Throughout the research.
✓Compare and Contrast – Likenesses and Similarities of a category/categories compared with the student’s personality traits.
✓Brainstorming Web – Some students prefer the web to organize their information.  This could also be used for a student to help choose which historical figure he/she would like to research.
✓Historical Figure Graphic Organizer – I usually use this graphic organizer.  It has the same categories (shortened) of what is in the outline for students to enter the information.
✓Informative/Explanatory Graphic Organizer – This will help students organizer their ideas for each paragraph.
✓Informative/Explanatory Writing Outline – This will help students organizer their ideas for each paragraph.
✓Informative/Explanatory Classifying Graphic Organizer – This will help students organizer their ideas for each paragraph in more detail.

     In addition, I make sure all the research is complete and the report has been written/typed before I allow students to work on the additional activities in this project.  However, I may let students work on the Internet homepage/drawing while researching since this may be easier to accomplish simultaneously. 
 
     Then you can choose which writing rubric work best for your class.  To score with the country research report rubric, write the number the student has earned in the space provided on most of the rubrics.  Alternate Rubric 1, 2 and 3 are small/basic rubrics if that works better for your class.  Alternate rubric 1’s student choice portion is worth less if you want to put more weight on the report aspect.  Alternate rubric 2 has the student choice worth 100 points.  While alternate rubric 3 simplifies the project portion to make the project as a whole worth 100 points.  If you purchased the informative/ explanatory rubric, simply circle the number(s) the student(s) earned.  With the detailed and CCSS aligned informative/explanatory rubrics, there is a student self-assessment included.  This is a good tool to help students understand how they are being graded and reflect on his or her own writing.  Also, there are rubrics specifically for the scene backdrop, tri-fold, PowerPoint, and character representation.

     Once the reports are complete, I introduce the informative/explanatory peer editing checklist if it has been purchased.  I have students pair up and exchange papers.  I have clipboards students can use while they sit around the room for this activity.  It’s important for you to model for the students how to peer edit.  Many times students just want to be nice and not give feedback.  However, this is a great opportunity for students to read each others reports and learn from each other.  

       Additionally, the student website can be created through many different sites for free.  Google and Weebly are good places to have students create an online website.  If this does not work for your class, you can have them draw their homepage.

     Furthermore, I have my students prepare a 2-4 minute presentation.  It will be your choice on whether or not they can use their notes.  If you have early finishers or want to extend the project, you can add a PowerPoint using the speech outline for page requirements.  Some students like to use a PowerPoint to help them during presentations if that is feasible.  A digital museum may be an option for you.  A recording of the speech and then put on a disk or your blog may work better than a living wax museum.

     There are choices for you to choose from.  Such as a scene backdrop, tri-fold, PowerPoint, and/or character representation.  Also, the character representation/dress up/artifact can be created at school if needed.  Most students enjoy to create this part of the project at home.  However, it can put a burden on parents.  It’s important to offer an alternative activity such as the historical figure representation which can be accomplished at school.  The parent permission slip will help alleviate concerns and questions.  As an option, you may want to have students make a tri-fold (in place of the scene backdrop) with some of the project’s requirements in place of the character representation/dress up/artifact.  Please see the different versions of the replacement pages at the end of this resource.

    Lastly, the Student Choice Vote is an optional activity which you can use.  Let the students see the voting criteria when you review the requirements to help with motivation.  For differentiation, choose what you need to use from that selection.  All the resources in the PDF are not duplicates unless stated.  They are additional resources or have been modified to meet student needs.

             Happy Teaching! 
              Sally

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