Third Grade Biography / Wax Museum Project


Biography Assignments

(who's studying whom?)

Civil Rights Heroes
research links!



Scaffolded Paragraphs
with Directions



Presentation Schedule


Back to the Homepage


Some heroes involved with the Civil Rights Movement & other important social changes between 1920 - 1980's

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights Leader

Thurgood Marshall
Supreme Court Judge
Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Leader
Mary McLeod Bethune
Coretta Scott King
Civil Rights Leader
Jesse Jackson
Civil Rights Leader
Rachel Carson
Cesar Chavez
Civil Rights Leader for farmworkers
Dolores Huerta
Civil Rights Leader for farmworkers
President John F.Kennedy
Senator Robert Kennedy
Jane Addams
Social Leader for poor people
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Social activist for many causes

Juliet Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts

Mary Church Terrell
Equal Rights Leader
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Susan B. Anthony
Women's Rights Leader / voting
Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Civil Rights Leader

Carter G. Woodson
Father of Black History
Malcolm X
Civil Rights Leader
Boundary Breakers: --->
Ruby Bridges
elementary student
Jesse Owens
Olympic athlete
Jackie Robinson
professional baseball player
Marion Anderson
If you have an idea & a book about someone your interested in studying, let me know.

Heroes Project Timeline ... in a perfect world, this timeline would be accurate!
April 12, 2007 (Thursday) Heroes assigned! Books provided to give them a start. Get reading !!!
April 16 - 20, 2007 Read about your hero; learn all you can to become an expert! Read in class & at home on your topic. We'll take notes on certain qualities we want to learn about about our hero.
April 23 - May 10, 2007 We'll work on our rough drafts for 3 weeks in class. Week 1: Intro & paragraph 1. Week 2: paragraph 3 & 4. Week 3: paragraph 5 & Conclusion. Think of costume ideas and props in the back of your mind for the wax museum. What might your character typically wear? We have a costume closet if you can't come up with something.
May 11, 2007 (Friday) Complete rough draft due - introduction, at least 3 paragraphs with topic sentences & supporting details, and a conclusion. See complete details on the web.We'll do a Writers Workshop on Tuesday so they can get feedback & ideas to revise it the rest of the week.
May 14, 2007 (Monday) Costume and props should be ready! If not, I need to know by today to help you pick a few items from our costume closet.
May 16, 2007
Wax Museum Rehearsal - (not a dress rehearsal - practice poses, 1 minute speech)
May 17, 2007
Wax Museum: Students should arrive in costume by 6:00. Doors will open for families at 6:30 p.m. and will go until 8:00 p.m. Students should take all of their props home that evening. This is a special event for third grade families and friends; all Gilham families are welcome to attend
May 18-ish, 2007
(Friday or so...)
Final draft due - handwritten or typed. (I'd like them to type their report in to WriteSite so others can read and respond to them)

May 22, 2007 (Tuesday 1:00 p.m)

Heroes Musical: School assembly in the gym. Family members are encourage to attend as there will be no evening performance of this special event.

May 23 - 31, 2007 (Mon.,Tue., Th, / Tu., Th) Speaking Presentations - in costume preferably. Check the schedule below (I'll post it a week in advance). Let me know if there are any complications.




Assigned Biographies for
Mrs. Siporin's Class

The Civil Rights Movement

Presentation Date & Time (TBA)

Historical Figure Date
Brian Kong Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Abigail Nelson Susan B. Anthony  
Alex Kim Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Ariana Buchanan Eleanor Roosevelt  
Austin Turvey Thurgood Marshall  
Brandon Wolgamott Pres. J.F. Kennedy  
Brittany Allard Marion Anderson  
Caydan Surrett Jackie Robinson  
Camren Haro Cesar Chavez  
Hannah Vaughan Elizabeth Stanton  
Jada Glass Ruby Bridges  
Joseph Johnson Jesse Owens  
Joshua Harris Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Karla Manning Ruby Bridges  
Lauren Kogutkiewicz Carter G. Woodson  
Malay Johnston Ida B. Wells-Barnett  
Serena Collier Rosa Parks  
Taylor Carman Juliet Gordon Low  

Back to the top


Speaking Presentations Schedule (the full report)
Benchmark Standards listed below the schedule

Fri. 5/25 1:15 - 2:00
• Taylor
• Abigail N

Tues. 5/ 29 1:15 - 2:00
• Ariana

• Malay
• Brittany

Tues 6 / 5
• Brandon

Wed. 6/6
• Lauren

• Joseph
• Camren


• Jada
• Serena
• Brian

Thurs. 6/7
1:10 - 2:00

• Caydan
• Karla
• Alex
• Hannah

Mon. 6/11
• Austin
• Josh

They should practice their presentation at home with family as an audience at least 4 times before they present. Their presentations should be about 2-4 minutes. I'll encourage them to speak as if they are their hero; however, if they're more comfortable following the format of their report, that would fine as well. Their wax museum speech will be very brief: 1 minute tops. We'll write this mini-speech on Wednesday.

To EXCEED the speaking benchmarks, they should
be able to speak clearly and fluently to the class and maintain eye contact with little or no reference to their notes. They should use good expression, gestures when appropriate, and speak loud enough for the whole class to hear. The content of the report should have substantial detail and personal insights; the information should be well-organized with a clear beginning, middle, and end, and have smooth transitions.

To MEET the speaking benchmarks, the above standards apply; however, there is minimal eye contact because they are reading some parts of their report. There might be some space-fillers (ie, ", ... like... you know... whatever...") Ideas & Content, Organzation may be a bit weaker or undeveloped.

To NOT MEET the speaking benchmarks, students would read their entire report with little or no eye contact, frequent space-fillers, speaking too quickly or slowly, too softly or loudly, or with little or no voice inflection or gestures. The content of the report would have missing, undeveloped details, no introduction or conclusion, flat ineffective language, or poor grammar. As you can see, a little practice each day could go a long way to exceeding the benchmarks!


Assigned Biographies for
Ms Backman's Class

The Civil War Era

Presentation Date & Time (TBA)

Historical Figure  

Back to the top


Assigned Biographies for
Mr. Gulka's Class

Boundary Breakers

Presentation Date & Time (TBA)


Back to the top