||3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Students use the television talk-show format to conduct mock interviews with famous people in history.
- read biographies of famous people in history.
- develop questions for interviews.
- work together in cooperative groups.
biography, interview, chat, talk show, history, literature, library, reading
teacher- or student-selected biographies, paper, pens or pencils, student-selected materials for props or costumes
- Ask students to define the word biography. Provide students with examples of biographies about famous people in history.
- Organize students into groups of two or three. Assign each group a biography of a famous person.
- Tell students that each group will present a talk show (a la Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, or David Letterman) about the subject of the biography. One or two of the group members will act as interviewer(s); the other student will be the person in the biography.
- Tell students to work together to brainstorm questions and responses for the interview. Let students create props or costumes for the talk show. Encourage creativity!
- Students present their talk shows to the class. Let the student "audience" ask questions during the interview. Extension: Have students expand the interview to include one or more people who played important roles in the lives of the main person in the assigned biography.
Variation 1: If video-recording equipment is available, have students record their talk-show interviews. Variation 2: Have students develop interviews for the main character of assigned fiction books.
Evaluate students' presentations and abilities to work together in cooperative groups.
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