YouTube Biography Assignments

Our newest collection of assignments is perfect when you’re looking for quick, accessible, and highly engaging prompts for elementary, middle, and high school students. Each assignment features a short YouTube video about the life of a historical figure with a prompt directing students to write a short biography summarizing their background and historical impact. Each assignment allows students to demonstrate comprehension, gather information from a source, and practice writing about important historical figures.


The historical figures featured in this collection represent a diverse group of individuals who’ve made significant contributions to American history. Individuals in the assignments include:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Amelia Earhart
  • George Washington
  • Clara Barton
  • Madame C.J. Walker
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Thomas Edison
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Abigail Adams
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Sacajawea
  • Anne Hutchison
  • César Chávez
  • Dr. Martin Luther King
  • George Washington Carver
  • Rosa Parks
  • Sitting Bull
  • Caesar Augustus
  • Hatshepsut
  • Genghis Khan
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Maria Tallchief
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Ida B. Wells
  • John Maynard Keynes
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Crazy Horse
  • The Navajo Code Talkers
  • Grace Lee Boggs
  • Malala Yousefzai


Every assignment includes an attached rubric that is concise and student-friendly to best support students as they write. Because every assignment is completely customizable, you can always replace or edit the rubric (such as using a state-specific rubric, or using a custom district rubric). You can also use any of these assignments as a template to feature any youtube video you’d like your students to watch and respond to. Simply copy the assignment to save it, then edit the prompt.



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