A Picture is Worth
a Thousand Words
Students will create a short biography slideshow of a notable person from history. Using the app Haiku Deck, students will create concise slides using facts about their historic figure.
Target Grade Level: 4th grade
Focus: Theme/Main Idea
Common Core Standards:
- 4.RL.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text;
- 4.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research;
- 4.SL.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussion with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly;
- 4.SL.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Materials: Haiku Deck Application; short biographies; pad and pencil; teacher prepared example of project.
Before the Lesson: Check that Flickr is not a blocked website; it is the source of pictures in Haiku Deck.
- Introduce the purpose of the lesson and biographies
- Share with students facts about your chosen historical figure. I chose a person that was previously studied, so that students would be able to make a connection.
- Tell students they must describe the person in five words. Before sharing the words you chose, discuss what was previously learned about the person, then ask students what words best describe him/her. Remind them of how we get themes and discover main ideas. For example, Harriet Tubman returned to the South many times to deliver slaves to freedom. The word “Sacrifice” describes that aspect of her life.
- After concluding the discussion, pass out the biographies. I found it best to pair students when possible to promote collaboration. Students are given 5 minutes to read and 5 minutes to discuss possible words. Allow students to share with the class their reason for selecting the words for their historical figure.
- Explain how Haiku Deck works to class.
- Give students adequate the time to create their biography.
- Presentation is important for this project. Give students time to present to the class.