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Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. For each story, a 3-5 minute animated video engages learners of all ages. The content was designed around 4th grade standards, but is appropriate for use with younger and older students.

Short text biographies of each individual are provided at three reading levels. These are available on the iBookstore or as printable booklets. Designed to facilitate teaching and enrich student projects, an image gallery provides access to historic images from the Wisconsin Historical Society and other sources.

In the Trading Card interactive, students use graphics and text to demonstrate their knowledge of people, events or themes in Wisconsin or U.S. history. Students can also use Idea Mapper, a graphic organizer interactive, to show their understanding of the biographies and the connections between them. Several teaching tips are provided for each of these activities. Visit the Teacher area for links to these and additional teaching tips for using the videos, texts and image gallery with students.

Wisconsin Biographies is a production of WPT Education, and is the recipient of a 2014 Chicago/Midwest Emmy® award and a 2014 National Educational Telecommunications (NETA) award. The content was designed around academic standards with an advisory committee made up of Wisconsin educators.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Brenda Autz, 4th grade teacher, Park Elementary School
Charlene Dupler, 4th grade teacher, Lakeview Elementary School
Kurt Griesemer, Director of Educational Services, Wisconsin Historical Society
Kristen McDaniel, Social Studies Consultant, Wisconsin DPI
David J. O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin DPI
Amanda Price, 4th grade teacher, Marshall Elementary School
Corey Thompson, Chair of Urban Education, Cardinal Stritch University
Stephanie Unertl, School Library Media Specialist
PROJECT CREDITS

Kurt Griesemer, Creator
Dan Kaplan, Producer, Wisconsin Public Television
Becky (Murkley) Marburger, Educational Producer, Wisconsin Public Television
Erin (Buck) Campbell , Web Developer, Wisconsin Public Television
Peggy Garties, Executive Producer, Wisconsin Public Television
Marta Bechtol, Director, Wisconsin Public Television
Joe Young, Associate Producer, Wisconsin Public Television
MJ Hecox, Communications, Wisconsin Public Television
Bendyworks, Design Consultation
Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell, Video Animation & Illustration
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Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich the social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history.