History 8-1, Assignment Six, Revolutionary War Biography




Assignment Six
Revolutionary War Biography

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Who were the people (other than George Washington) that led the war?

francis marion  burgoyne

cornwallis hamilton John Paul Jones




After all the lessons and discussions, we need to remember that war was made up of people. People who were willing to fight and die for what they believed.

In this assignment you are going to create a simple biography of one of the major figures in the war.


Students will identify and describe the contributions of a significant leader of the Revolutionary War.

Special instructions

Who you choose is up to you, but I do not want you to do a biography of George Washington. His contributions were enormous, and he is covered so often that I don't want to repeat it here.

Some Biography Ideas

  • Baron von Steuben
  • Marquis La Fayette
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Deborah Sampson
  • Prudence Cummings
  • Benedict Arnold
  • John Paul Jones
  • Charles Cornwallis
  • William Howe
  • Francis Marion




This assignment is worth 80 points. There are 10 points extra credit possible for biographies that exceed the expectations on the rubric.

One - Completion. Does the biography answer all the questions on the assignment?
Possible 30 points

Two - Quality. Does the biography present thorough and contextual answers?
Possible 20 points

Three - Accuracy. Did the student incorporate the correct use of grammar, punctuation, and syntax? Are the facts stated accurately?
Possible 20 points

Four- Appeal. Is the biography interesting? Does it pull the reader or viewer into its content?
Possible 10 points



Printed files

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Media files



Online files

Here is a handy directory of well known leaders of the Revolutionary War. It includes a brief background of each.

Here is a list of some famous people from the Revolutionary War.
NOTE >> This site does not have enough information about any of these people to complete the biographies, but it is a good start.

Here is another directory of Revolutionary War biographies. These are a little more detailed than the site listed above.