Lesson plan

Creating a Social Media Page for a Famous American

Motivate your students to learn about significant figures in US history by giving them the opportunity to create a fake social media page based on facts.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to locate and evaluate important information about a historical figure. Students will be able to compile important facts in order to create a fake social media page about a historical figure.

(10 minutes)
  • Ask your class what they know about social media sites.
  • After some discussion, tell your students that today they're going to get the opportunity to create a social media page for a historical figure.
(30 minutes)
  • Display an article about a historical figure using document camera or interactive whiteboard. If these technologies are not available, read students an article and pass out copies so they can follow along.
  • Upon reading the article, ask the students which important things they note about the person.
  • On the board, write the following: Early Life, Family, Accomplishments and Impact of Accomplishments.
  • Under each of these headings, guide students back through the article and model how to take notes on these topics.
(90 minutes)
  • Ask students to fold their own paper into fourths and have them label each box with: Early Life, Family, Accomplishments, and Impact of Accomplishments.
  • Have your class write the headlines "Quote" and "Friends" on the back of their papers, giving space to record information between each.
  • Allow students to choose a partner to work with.
  • Instruct each pair of students to draw a name out of the box/jar with names of historic figures.
  • Provide students with books and/or computers to look up information on their historical figure.
  • Ask students to record their facts on their paper.
(45 minutes)
  • Give each student a copy of the Fakebook page.
  • Ask students to use their recorded facts to develop a Fakebook page about their historical figure. Everything should be factual except the "likes" section.
  • Students will also draw an image of the person OR create an icon the represents their person for the profile picture box.


  • Allow advanced students to write some 140-character tweets that they feel their historical figure may have sent out if they were alive today.


  • Make sure that students who need additional support have access to reading materials on their lexile level. Also, ask them to just give two facts in each section on the notes page.
(20 minutes)
  • Upon completion of the assignment, have each student give a 30-second oral summary about what made their historical figure famous.
(10 minutes)
  • Talk about what your students have learned about historical Americans. Great questions to spark discussion include: In what ways are these historical figures alike? How would our lives be different if they had not lived?

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