Larger than Life


Part 1: Research

Use the Note Making Template to gather information about the person you are researching from the following reference sources:
World Book Advanced 
Remember that you are looking for 3 types of information:
  1. Background information
  2. Inside story:  defining events that shaped the person (prior to fame)
  3. Larger than life: examples and evidence that proves this person had a significant impact on society.
Use the Summary section of the Note Making Template to summarize the useful information that you’ve found.
Number the info 1,2,3 to indicate which category the information fits into. (1= background; 2= inside story; 3= larger than life).
Cite at least 5 sources; 3 need to come from Explora.  Remember that in both Explora and in Worldbook Encyclopedia Online MLA citations are provided at the bottom of each article.

Part 2: Powerpoint

  • Present your information orally. Focus your slides on images that add context to the information that you communicate verbally.
  • Your presentation must be a minimum of 6 slides and a maximum of 10 slides.
  • On each slide include a title/ heading and no more than 2 bullets (in complete sentences) that highlight your main talking points for that slide. Include no more than 30 words on any slide.

The 100 Most Influential People of the Millennium:

1       Johann Gutenberg (inventor of movable type for printing)
2       Isaac Newton (mathematics, gravity)
3       Martin Luther (Protestant Reformation)
4       Charles Darwin (biologist, theory of evolution)
5       William Shakespeare (Renaissance playwright)
6       Christopher Columbus (explorer)
7       Karl Marx (19th century political writer)
8       Albert Einstein (physicist)
9       Nicolaus Copernicus (astromoner)
10     Galileo Galilei (astromoner)
11     Leonardo da Vinci (scientist, artist & inventor)
12     Sigmund Freud (psychoanalysis)
13     Louis Pasteur (bacteria)
14     Thomas Edison (inventor)
15     Thomas Jefferson (3rd US president, Declaration of Independence)
16     Adolf Hitler (Nazi leader during WWII)
17     Mohandas K. Gandhi (led peaceful revolution in modern India)
18     John Locke (17th century philosopher)
19     Michaelangelo (Renaissance artist/sculptor)
20     Adam Smith (18th century Scottish philosopher and economist)
21     George Washington (1st US president, General of Revolutionary War)
22     Ghengis Khan (12th century Mongul conqueror)
23     Abraham Lincoln (16th US president)
24     St. Thomas Aquinas (Catholic philosopher)
25     James Watt (Scottish inventor; steam engine)
26     Wolfgang A. Mozart (Classic composer)
27     Napoleon Bonaparte (French general, president and self-proclaimed emperor)
28     J.S. Bach (Baroque composer)
29     Henry Ford (mass production of automobile)
30     Ludwig van Beethoven (late Classical & early Romantic music composer)
31      James Watson & Francis Crick (DNA)
32      Descartes (philosopher)
33      Martin Luther King Jr. (US civil rights leader)
34      Jean Jacques Rousseau (philosopher of French “Enlightenment”)
35      Nikolai Lenin (Russian political leader/writer)
36      Alexander Fleming (penicilin)
37      Voltaire (philosopher of French “Enlightenment”)
38      Francis Bacon (deductive reasoning)
39      Dante Alighieri (Medieval writer)
40      Orville & Wilbur Wright (first human flight)
41      Bill Gates (computer software entrepreneur)
42      Gregor Mendel (genetics)
43      Mao Tse Tung (1st Chairman of Chinese Communist party)
44      Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone)
45      William the Conquerer (11th c. leader of Normans and English)
46      Niccolò Machiavelli (political philospher)
47      Charles Babbage (17th century “computer” pioneer)
48      Mary Wollstonecraft (women’s rights)
49      Mikhail Gorbachev (1st Soviet premier to establish good relations with US)
50      Margaret Sanger (crusader for birth control legislation)
51      Edward Jenner (vaccination)
52      Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of Britain during WWII)
53      Marie Curie (radioactivity)
54      Marco Polo (explorer)
55      Ferdinand Magellan (explorer)
56      Elizabeth Cady Stanton (women’s rights)
57      Elvis Presley (rock musician, media sensation)
58      Joan of Arc (French religious martyr)
59      Immanuel Kant (philosopher)
60      Franklin Delano Roosevelt (longest serving US President)
61      Michael Faraday (chemist & physicist; electricity & magnetism)
62      Walt Disney (early animation)
63      Jane Austen (writer)
64      Pablo Picasso (painter)
65      Werner Heisenberg (physicist; “uncertainty principle”)
66      D W Griffith (film)
67      Vlad Zworkin (TV/RCA)
68      Ben Franklin (inventor, writer, statesman)
69      William Harvey (blood circulation)
70      Pope Gregory VII (separated church & state)
71      Harriet Tubman (anti-slavery activist, spy & women’s rights)
72      Simon Bolivar (South American general and freedom fighter)
73      Princess Diana (human rights)
74      Enrico Fermi (nuclear physicist; quantum theory)
75      Gregory Goodwin Pincus (birth control pill)
76      The Beatles (most influential band in rock music)
77      Thomas Hobbes (17th century philosopher)
78      Queen Isabella I (supporter of Columbus’ voyages)
79      Joseph Stalin (ruthless Russian leader during WWII)
80      Elizabeth I (Queen of England in late Renaissance)
81      Nelson Mandela (South African leader against Apartheid)
82      Niels Bohr (atom)
83      Peter the Great (Russian Czar)
84      Marconi (radio)
85      Ronald Reagan (40th US President)
86      James Joyce (author)
87      Rachel Carson (environment)
88      J. Robert Oppenheimer (atomic bomb)
89      Susan B. Anthony (US women’s suffrage)
90      Daguerre (photo)
91      Steven Spielberg (film director and producer)
92      Florence Nightingale (nursing and public health)
93      Eleanor Roosevelt (United Nations and human rights)
94      Patient Zero (1st AIDS victim)
95      Charlie Chaplin (actor, comedian and film executive)
96     Caruso (famous singer and early recording star)
97     Jonas Salk (polio vaccine)
98     Louis Armstrong (great jazz trumpeter and scat singer)
99      Vasco de Gama (explorer)
100    Suleyman I (Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)

from A & E’s Biography “The 100 Most Influential People of the Millennium

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