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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

Story: Clark (2018)
Don Nussbaum, Content Expert
Debra Burmeister, Neenah Joint School District
Amanda Ironside, Menasha Joint School District
Greg Kehrning, Menasha Joint School District
Neenah Historical Society
Menasha Historical Society

Stories: Babcock, Baird, Bresette, Fish-Harnack, Glover, Harley-Davidson, La Follette, Oshkosh, Newcomb, Paul, Phillips-Groppi (2013 - 2017)
Brenda Autz, 4th grade teacher, Park Elementary School
Charlene Dupler, 4th grade teacher, Lakeview Elementary School
Kurt Griesemer, Director of Ed. Services, Wisconsin Historical Society
Kristen McDaniel, Social Studies Consultant, DPI
David J. O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, 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

Story: Clark (2018)
Becky Marburger, Educational Specialist, Project Manager, WPT Education
Philip Ashby, Animation, Wisconsin Public Television
Brandon Ribordy, Animation, Wisconsin Public Television
Kristen Howdeshell, Brave Union, Illustration
Matthew Kramer, Sound, Wisconsin Public Television
Erin Buck, Web Development, WPT Education
Alyssa Tsagong, Director of Education, WPT Education

This project was part of Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Neenah-Menasha, funded in part by major support from Richard and Amy Jo Aylward and the Aylward Family of Neenah, Mary and John Sensenbrenner, Bergstrom Automotive, Community First Credit Union, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., Daniel and Mame Heaney, Thomas J. Prosser, and Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation, with additional support from Alta Resources, John and Katherine Davis, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Legacy Private Trust Company, Bettie Hill, Miron Construction Company, Friends of Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin History Fund, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Story: Babcock (2016-2017)
Becky Marburger, Educational Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Erin Buck, Web Developer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Kristin Leglar, Education Director, Wisconsin Media Lab
Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell, Video Animation & Illustration

Stories: Baird, Bresette (2015)
Dan Kaplan, Executive Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Becky Marburger, Educational Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Erin Buck, Web Developer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Peggy Garties, Director, Wisconsin Media Lab
Joe Young, Associate Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Kristin Leglar, Content and Outreach Manager, Wisconsin Media Lab
Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell, Video Animation & Illustration

Stories: Fish-Harnack, Glover, Harley-Davidson, La Follette, Oshkosh, Newcomb, Paul, Phillips-Groppi (2013-2014)
Kurt Griesemer, Creator
Dan Kaplan, Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Becky Marburger, Educational Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Erin Buck, Web Developer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Peggy Garties, Executive Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
Marta Bechtol, Director, Wisconsin Media Lab
Joe Young, Associate Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab
MJ Hecox, Communications, Wisconsin Media Lab
Bendyworks, Design Consultation
Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell, Video Animation & Illustration

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.