Subject Area(s): English

Grade Level(s): 12

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

Best Instructional Practices


Oral Language:

Reading Analysis:



Five 45-minute periods.

Lesson Summary

Students will complete a "think-pair-share" warm-up activity to brainstorm about a hero in history or in their own lives, listing the hero and reasons for this person being considered a hero. The teacher/Library of Congress representative will present an overview of the Library of Congress Web site, with specific focus on "America's Library - America's Story - Meet Amazing Americans". Students will utilize a Scavenger Hunt to practice use of the site. Students will then select a person from the Web site and complete a profile of that person. Each student will prepare a written and visual presentation of that person's life and accomplishments with specific focus on what made that person a hero in his/her time period. The final part of the presentation will include the student giving clues and showing a photo mask of the person for final identification or verification of the person's identity. The class will evaluate the presentations based upon rubrics given to the students at the time of the lesson. The lesson will conclude with each student listing three things learned from the Library of Congress Web site and three things learned about heroes.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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