Lesson Plan

Biography Pecha Kucha

Students will research an historical figure and create a Pecha Kucha presentation on their person.
Jackie K.
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My Grades 2, 4, 7
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. 
  • Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize points. 
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, and properly quote or paraphrase the information to avoid plagiarism. 
  • Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events). 
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 7 – 11
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1 Example Pecha Kucha

Activity: Presenting

What is a Pecha Kucha? 

Pecha Kucha is a revamped way for individuals to do presentations. The typical Pecha Kucha requires a presentation of 20 images and 20 seconds and the images automatically move after the allotted time while the speaker is speaking. In the educational realm, Pecha Kuchas can be modified to accommodate your students' needs.

Option one: Dress up as one of the historical figures that have been discussed in previous classes. Introduce what a Pecha Kucha presentation is and then begin your Pecha Kucha presentation on your historical figure.

Option two: Introduce the idea of a Pecha Kucha to students and then present them with an example video.

Disclose to students that they will be presenting their Pecha Kuchas in person. They are welcome to dress up as their person and move around the room during their presentation. Inform students that presentations should not be longer than ten minutes. 

2 Biography Selection

Get into contact with the school librarian to coordinate a day for students to look for biographies. Please stress to share biographies of those with historical significance. Also, see if the librarian can share any digital resources for students to find additional information on their person.

Allow students about a week or two to read and research their historical figure. 


Student Instructions
  • Select a biography of a historical figure. Begin reading the text and conducting additional research on the individual using the internet.

3 Timeline

Activity: Creating

Once students have finished reading their biographies, dedicate a class period to allow students to organize their information. Students can create a timeline, outlining significant events that have happened to their historical figure's life. The timeline will help them create their presentation later on.

While students are working on their timeline, have them think about the most important events that should be shared in their Pecha Kucha. 

If there is additional time, allow students to go online and start looking for photographs to potentially add to their presentation.

Student Instructions
  • Create a timeline, documenting significant events in your historical figure's life.
  • In this process, think about the events you want to emphasize  during your Pecha Kucha presentation. 

4 Pecha Kucha Creation

Students will be using PowerPoint to create their Pecha Kucha presentations. Review the contents of what is allowed on students' presentation. 

Students are allowed to include:

  • Photographs
  • Quote
  • 3 - 6 words (For locations, additional people, etc). 

Each slide should have an artifact of some sort and students must adjust the automatic slide change on their PowerPoint presentations in order for slides to move while they are presenting their historical figure. 

Simultaneously students can be working on their speech cards (index cards) while creating their presentation. Remind students that their speech cards are not a script, they are to jot down important key notes to remember when presenting.  Students cannot use index cards larger than 4x6. I suggest providing index cards for clarity. 

If there are early finishers, have students pair up to review each other's presentation to practice. 

Additionally, this the only time students will be working on their Pecha Kucha's in class, they are highly encouraged to put some last minute touches and start practicing for their presentations. 

Encourage students to dress or talk like their historical figure to bring more life into their Pecha Kucha presentation. 

Have students save their presentations on a USB drive and email it to themselves to ensure that they have access to their presentations from another location. 

5 Presentation Time

In the beginning of the class, allow students a few minutes to organize and prepare for their presentation. Whether it is to review their speech cards or dress up as their historical figure. 

Next,  start the presentations. Allow the eager students to present first and then create a list of students to present next. Remind students that they will have up to ten minutes present but to not exceed that time. 

While students are presenting, write down some helpful tips that will help your students with public speaking. 

Lastly, students will complete a self-reflective rubric on how think they did on their presentation.