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Create a Historical Marker

Students will create a historical marker for the author of their favorite book.

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to share what they know about state markers, such as the Mississippi markers they read about in the article. You may wish to review the Mississippi Historical Markers site to give students a better understanding of what a marker is, what it looks like and the type and amount of information it contains.
  2. Remind students that Mississippi's newest trail will honor authors with a connection to the state.
  3. Have students identify the author of their favorite book. Give them time to conduct research to learn about that person's life and work.
  4. Challenge students to select a key point about the author and summarize that information so that it will fit on a roadside marker.
  5. Provide art supplies. Encourage students to draw a picture of a roadside marker honoring their favorite author. As an extra challenge, instruct students to identify where they think the marker should be placed.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their drawings with the class. After all presentations are finished, encourage students to share the most interesting things they learned about each author.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Create small groups out of students who are investigating the same author. Provide assistance as they conduct research. Instruct each student to create his or her own marker.
Grades 5-6:
Have students conduct research with a partner who is investigating the same author. Instruct each partner to create his or her own marker. Challenge them to include a picture that directly relates to the text they wrote.
Grades 7-8:
Instruct students conduct research with a partner who is investigating the same author. Instruct them to learn about the author's personal life and work. Then have one partner create a marker honoring the author's birthplace and the other partner create a marker that directly relates to the author's work on their favorite book.
Grades 9-10:
Instruct students to identify the author of their favorite book. Have them conduct research to learn about the author's personal life and work. Challenge students to create two markers: one honoring the author's birthplace and a second directly related to the author's work on their favorite book.