One of my favorite projects I created when I taught high school and a newspaper course at the local community college, was my Facebook Biography and Autobiography project. I used this project with my high school students with disabilities when doing a biography on a President. Then I used it again with my newspaper course when I had my students complete an autobiography about themselves. Students love creating a Facebook profile. It incorporates research, the basics of a biography, and Facebook.
- Facebook Outline
- Printed Blank Facebook sheets (2 pages)
- Computer Lab or Library for research (Biography)
- Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- Materials to complete a written report if desired (see Tips for implementation)
- Show students the example Facebook profile (on President Obama).
- Green font shares directions for completing the profile.
- Red font is used to represent the finished example.
- For the example, I used clipart from the internet. Students should draw their pictures or write if they do not want to draw (for Likes/Friends).
- For students with disabilities and difficulty with drawing, pictures could be found and printed from the internet and glued on the profile.
Tips for Implementing this Project
- For a more in-depth biography project, pair this project with a written biography report. It's a simple, fun addition to a written report. Adding in a Facebook profile will help make the written report more motivating for students. I just suggest requiring the written report finished before starting the Facebook profile.
- Possible groups of people to research: Presidents, Authors, Famous Americans, Scientists Mathematicians, Athletes, Actors, Inventors, Military, Politicians/World Leaders, or other significant historical figures related to a unit/theme.
- Use in relation with Commemorative Months for: Women's history, Black history, Hispanic history, etc.
Click the links below to download the files. After the file opens, go to File, Download (or CTRL + S).
Files to Download
Picture Sources from the President Obama Example
President Obama and his family - Picture from Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office, President Bill Clinton, Picture from Bob McNeely/The White House, Spiderman -
"Amazing Fantasy #15" at The Grand Comics Database, Harry Potter Book - www.Amazon.com, White Sox - www.sportslogos.net, Baskin Robbins Logo - www.Baskinrobbins.com, Joe Biden - http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/hi_res/vp_portrait_hi-res.jpg, Hillary Rodham Clinton - Department of State, Rahm Emanuel - http://www.house.gov/emanuel/images/repemanuel.jpg