Characterization of a Famous Person Poster Assignment Sheet
characterization: the techniques writers use to create and develop characters
- what character says/what others say about character
- what character thinks/what others think about character
- what character feels/what others feel about character
- what character does – actions, profession, hobbies, etc.
Assignment: You will create an informational poster characterizing a famous person.
- Choose a famous person (dead or alive). Choose four character traits that this person possesses/ed.
- For each character trait, write one paragraph (seven to ten sentences) using specific details and supporting examples.
- Locate and/or create a visual to represent each of the four character traits.
- Include a background information box to explain why this person is famous and when this person reached fame. Place a picture of the famous person near this box.
- Organize your poster so that it is easy to follow and visually appealing.
- Title your poster using famous person’s full name.
- Write your full heading on the back of your poster (date is the day you turn it in).
- You will present your poster in class. Please refer to the Presentation Rubric for more details.
This is a research project so you will use at least two sources. When gathering your information you must take notes:
- summarize/paraphrase: record/restate the material in your own words
Plagiarism is using the words or expressions of ideas of another person as your own; it is a violation of copyright laws. Avoid plagiarism: use your own words in your writing and present ideas in fresh ways. NOTE: If you are cutting and pasting from a website…you are plagiarizing!
You need to use two or more sources. Cite your sources using a Bibliography that follows correct MLA 8 format, and it should be attached to the back of your poster.
The most difficult part of creating a Bibliography is making sure you follow the format and that you have the correct information needed of the resource you used. The most basic entry for a website consists of the author name(s), page title, website title, sponsoring institution/publisher, date published, medium. See example:
Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Emmitt Smith.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 11 May 2018, www.britannica.com/biography/Emmitt-Smith.
I strongly recommend using a Bibliography-making website. You may go on with your parent to create an account and get a login. Or you may use the site to create your Bibliography entry/ies and cut & paste them onto a Word document. If you are not going to use a Bibliography-making website, then you need to follow the Bibliography guidelines I give you.
Characterization of a Famous Person Poster Rubric
____/10 Four character traits are used
____/40 For each trait, a detailed paragraph used to explain characterization
____/20 Background information about and picture of famous person included
____/10 At least one visual is used to represent each trait
____/10 Poster is visually appealing: neat, organized, and creative
____/10 Title with famous person’s full name is included
____/100 Total (-15 if no Bibliography/Works Cited is included)
____/20 Three to four minutes (you will lose points if it’s too long or too short)
____/20 Prepare at home (use note cards) so that there is clear organization
____/20 Make eye contact – look up at your audience
____/20 Use voice projection and enunciation (be loud enough & pronounce words clearly)
____/20 Voice inflection -- your voice has appropriate tone: enthusiastic, serious, humorous...