Each month, my students are assigned a book report. For January's report, they had to read a biography book, come to school dressed as the book's character, and then make a presentation as that person. The presentation had to be 1-2 minutes long and meet certain criteria. We call this event a "Character Breakfast" because everyone is dressed as a book character and we eat breakfast during the presentations. It is a fun event for everyone! Since we learned about the presidents in the fall semester and are currently reading about the American Revolution, I limited their biography selection to presidents, the wife of a president, or a hero from the American Revolution.
Here are a few of my boys: (from left to right) James Madison, John Adams, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. (Not pictured: George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and John F. Kennedy)
Here are my girls, from left to right: Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Abe Lincoln.
A few moms dropped off breakfast for us: hot chocolate, orange juice, fruit cups, coffee cakes, and a variety of donuts. Yum!
Throughout the presentation, the students had to stay in character. They couldn't say, "I died in the year..." My favorite ending was Lincoln's: "I'm so glad I was able to visit with you all today! I have to leave soon, though. I'm going to get ready for an evening out. My wife and I are excited about going to Ford's Theater tonight to see a play called Our American Cousin."
I also enjoyed the Q&A time. When John Adams was asked, "Weren't you afraid to sign the Declaration of Independence? I mean, you could have been hung for treason!" he replied, "No! I was so mad about the taxes and all they were doing, I couldn't wait to sign it!" ha!