Students watch a short video about the culture of Oregon. They then research one of several famous Oregonians whom they will nominate to their classroom’s own “Oregonian Hall of Fame.”
This lesson is part of "Great States: Oregon | Unit 8: Modern Oregon & State Symbols." In this unit, students will consider Oregon’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as the state’s current day strengths and challenges. Students also learn about the state’s symbols and their meanings.
4.2: Explain how key individuals and events influenced the early growth and changes in Oregon.
SS.05.HS.06.01: Identify significant people in the history of Oregon and understand how individuals significantly influenced the course of Oregon state history.
- Video: Great States | Oregon Culture
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Books, printouts, or computers with Internet access
- Notebook paper
Ask students to name one Oregonian who is currently influencing life for many people in the state. Then, indicate that they will be watching a video that will mention some of the Oregonians past and present who are shaping the state and beyond.
Play the video, Great States | Oregon Culture. [4:00]
Ask students to name the individuals mentioned in the film. Write the names on the board. (John McLoughlin, Danny Ainge, Dick Fosbury, Lindsay Wagner, Linus Pauling, Esperanza Spalding, Mel Blanc, Pinto Colvig, Phil Knight, Ken Kesey, and Matt Groening).
Divide students into groups, and assign each one of the individuals to research. Explain that the class will be creating their own “Oregonian Hall of Fame,” where famous Oregonians will be showcased for their work. Indicate that each group will be doing research on their designated individual and then writing up a quick summary of why their individual deserves to be inducted into the “Oregonian Hall of Fame.”
Using available print and digital sources, give the student groups 25 minutes to research their individual and write out a nomination paragraph about him or her.
Ask each group to choose someone to read the nomination aloud. Have each group present their nominations for the “Oregonian Hall of Fame.” After each nomination has been presented, have the class vote on which group presented the most convincing case.
Discuss with students how each of these people contributed to Oregon and society at large in their own ways. Touch on how each one of them deserves to be a member of their classroom’s “Oregonian Hall of Fame,” and ask students who else they think should be included on the list.