Kick off the new school year with lessons from our Back to School 2021 collection to help students express themselves, build relationships, and stay organized.

1. Introduction to Research and Interview a Person from History

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Learning about important people in history helps us connect with the past and understand significant events that shaped society.

Historical figures have held important positions like the presidency, while others were ordinary citizens who made ground-breaking discoveries or made an impact in some way.

Anne Frank, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, and Gandhi are just a few examples.

What if you could interview a historical person that you admire or are interested in?

What would you ask them?

In this lesson, you will use Google Docs to interview a person from history.

You can choose a person you’re interested in studying, or one that your teacher has assigned to you.

You will conduct research about a historical person.

Next, you will pretend you are an interviewer and type questions to ask them.

Then, you will respond to the questions as if you are playing the role of the historical figure.

During an interview, one person asks questions and another person responds to them.

An interview is a good way to learn more about someone’s actions or accomplishments.

This lesson uses Google Docs, but you could apply these skills and concepts in any word processing application or even on a piece of paper.

As you complete this project in Google Docs, you will: Create and name a new document, Type an objective for the interview, Conduct research using primary and secondary sources and type notes in your document, Add interview questions to your document, And answer the interview questions while playing the role of the historical figure.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.

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If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.

To begin, open your Google Drive...

Create a new document...

and name it.

Now, it’s your turn: Log in to your Google account and open Google Drive, And create a new document and name it.


  1. Log in to your Google account and open Google Drive.
  2. Create a new document and name it.