Renaissance Action Figure Project

The Ed-U-Fun Group is designing a line of Renaissance action figures to sell to history teachers and students.  They already have a William Shakespeare doll test figure designed.

You have been hired to design an action figure and to write the biography that will go on the back of the package.

Select one Renaissance figure (person) from the list below.  Research the life of that person.  The Ed-U-Fun Group wants you to design and present the following items:

  • An action figure.  The figure must include two items it can hold, one in each hand. These must be detachable.  
  • An accessory that will come with the figure.  This must be displayed in the package.  This is one thing the Shakespeare figure does not currently have. 
  • A 250-350 word biography of the figure that will go on the back of the packaging.  This biography should include these things:
    • A brief passage about the overall life of the figure-- childhood, major events in their life, achievements.  This should be appropriate for 11 to 14-year-old students. Keep it interesting. Boring biographies will not be accepted.
    • An explanation of the two items and the accessory. This may not be a bullet list, but should be written in an interesting way.
    • A summary of why the figure is important in history and how he or she contributed to the Renaissance.
  • Two quotes from the person.  These should be listed at the bottom of the biography in large italics.  
Begin your project by selecting a figure from the list below.  You have randomly been assigned one of the three lists. Let the Ed-U-Fun Group (your teacher)  know whom you have selected.  The Ed-U-Group wants to see as many Renaissance figure designs as possible, so they may ask you to make a second selection.

You will turn in a typed copy of your biography in MLA format. There will also be a speech.  Speeches must be memorized this time.  However, you will be allowed one 3x5 card with a maximum of 25 words on it. Your action figure and the accessories will be your visual aid.  Your biography will be your speech.

Possible Renaissance figures:

List A
  • Leonardo da Vinci        
  • Michelangelo             
  • Galileo Galilei              
  • Nicolaus Copernicus           
  • Isabella I of Spain             
  • Elizabeth I of England       
  • Christopher Columbus         
  • Martin Luther               
  • King Henry VIII           
  • Vasco da Gama           
  • Ferdinand Magellan         
  • Hernan Cortes              
  • Isaac Newton            

List B
  • Catherine de Medici                                
  • Dante Alighieri         
  • Filippo Brunelleschi      
  • Sandro Boticelli
  • Machiavelli               
  • Titian                 
  • Andreas Vesalius    
  • Sir Walter Raliegh     
  • Miguel Cervantes    
  • Desiderius Erasmus
  • Pope Leo X            
  • John Calvin               
  • Anne Bolyn               
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Henry Hudson         
  • Hans Kepler
  • Johannes Gutenberg      
  • Marco Polo           

List C
  • Francisco Petrarch    
  • Donatello             
  • Girolamo Cardano
  • Lorenzo de Medici
  • Albrecht Durer
  • Galen                 
  • Pope Clement V        
  • Pope Gregory XI       
  • John Wycliffe           
  • Jan Hus
  • Catherine of Siena    
  • Huldrych Zwingli
  • William Tyndale
  • Queen Mary of England      
  • Ignatius Loyola
  • Prince Henry the Navigator        
  • Pedro Cabral                              
  • John Cabot          
  • Giovanni da Verrazano        
  • Francis Bacon      
  • Antoine van Leeuwenhoek         
  • Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit       
  • Artemesia Gentellischi     
  • Isabella d'Este        
  • Lucretia Borgia                 
  • Ben Johnson    
List D

  • Other people you can suggest

Project Schedule for 2017

May 23: Introduction.  Select people and begin research
May 25: Complete research.  Begin writing biographies.  Notes due.
May 31:  Complete biographies.  Begin action figures.  Biography drafts due.
June 2: Complete action figures.  Write note cards. Practice presentations.  
June 5: Practice presentations.  Note cards due.
June 6: Practice presentations
June 7: Presentations.  70% grade.

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