Webquest: Portraits of African-American Heroes
Portraits of African-American Heroes
by Tonya Bolden
Now that you have finished Portraits of African-American Heroes, a collection of biographies of famous African-Americans, think carefully about one person from the book that particularly interests you and that you may want to further research. Also, be sure to examine the paintings in the book by Ansel Pitcairn. At various points throughout the Webquest, you will be asked to make journal entries, so have your journal handy! Good luck!
1) You will gather and present information on one of the people in the book that personally interested or intrigued you.
2) You will create a short biography of one of your classmates by thinking of pertinent questions and interviewing them.
3) You will illustrate your biographical page to make it more interesting to the reader.
Write down your responses in your journals before proceeding.
1) What makes a good biography?
2) Was Portraits of African-American Heroes an example of a good biography? Why or why not?
Task 1: Research
To begin, choose one person in the book who particularly interests you. You will then research that person and create a presentation about them to share with the class. You must use at least 3 different sources in your research. Be sure to read the research tips below- They will help you find sources, evaluate websites, and cite your sources.
Examples of presentation formats include:
Journal Entry: What questions would I ask this person if I could meet her/him?
Task 2: Become a Biographer
To complete this task, you will need to interview one of your classmates to create a biography. The student that you interview will be randomly selected by your teacher. You have plenty of examples of biographies to refer to give you ideas. Your journal entry for this section will help you complete the task.
Journal Entry: What questions will you need to ask for your interview? Write down at least 10 questions that you will ask your classmate to gather information for your biography. If you have trouble thinking of questions, refer back to Portraits of African-American Heroes or any of the other biographies you used in your research during Task 1 and think about the information those biographers chose to include. You may want to include similar information in your biography.
If you have trouble thinking of questions, refer back to Portraits of African-American Heroes or any of the other biographies you used in your research during Task 1 and think about the information those biographers chose to include. You may want to include similar information in your biography.
Task 3: Become an Illustrator
Now that you have written a biography of your classmate, you will need to illustrate it, just like Portraits of African-American Heroes. Pictures make a book much more interesting to read, so think about what would look pleasing to the readers of your biography. Your journal entry for this task will help you evaluate what makes a good illustration.
Journal Entry: Did you like the illustrations in Portraits of African-American Heroes? Why or why not?
You do not necessarily have to draw your pictures. You may use any artistic medium:
At the conclusion of this project, each student will be evaluated on their journal entries, their research presentation, and their biographies.
Background photo courtesy of http://www.neatorama.com/images/2006-02/civil-rights-birmingham.jpg
If you have any questions, email Kaleigh Boysen