In addition to completing ThinkCERCA reading/writing modules,
you will be researching people whose inventions or companies were named after them.
1. Adolph Dassler
2. William Barnes and Clifford Noble
3. Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins
4. S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker
5. William Boeing
6. John Cadbury
7. Joseph A. Campbell
8. Louis Chevrolet
9. Walter Chrysler
10. William Colgate
11. Horace and John Dodge
12. Antonio Cavalieri Ducati
13. Éleuthère Irénée du Pont
14. Enzo Ferrari
15. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.
16. Domingo Ghirardelli
17. Orville Gibson
18. King C. Gillette
19. William S. Harley & Arthur Davidson
20. Henry J. Heinz
21. Milton S. Hershey
22. Bill Hewlett and David Packard
23. Soichiro Honda
24. Robert, James, and Edward Johnson
25. John Pierpont Morgan Sr.
26. John Harvey Kellogg
27. James L. Kraft
28. Bernard Kroger
29. Herman Lay
30. William and James Lever
31. Levi Strauss
32. Franklin Clarence Mars
33. Harold Matson and Elliot Handler
34. Oscar F. Mayer
35. Richard and Maurice McDonald
36. Henri Nestlé
37. James Cash Penney
38. William Proctor and James Gamble
39. E. Irvin and Clarence Scott
40. Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck
41. Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson
42. A. G. Spalding
43. Michio Suzuki
44. Earl Tupper
45. Charles Rudolph Walgreen
46. Harry, Albert, Sam, & Jack Warner
47. Noah Webster & George/ Charles Merriam
48. William Wrigley Jr.
49. Torakusu Yamaha
Project Links and Important Information
1. Student Biography (example)
- 200-300 words (30 pts)
- Grammar, Punctuation, etc (10 pts)
- Voice (10 pts)
- 3rd person POV (10 pts)
- Personal History (10 pts)
- Recent Accomplishments (10 pts)
- Goals (10 pts)
- Hobbies, Interests, and Talents (10 pts)
Brainstorm any/everything you want to include.
Do a free write…even if it begins in paragraph form…you can convert it to poetic form later.
12 pt. / Times New Roman
Use 1st person Point of View (from the perspective of a person, invention, movement, idea).
Include AT LEAST 10 facts from research.
Include AT LEAST 28 lines; feel free to use stanza!
Include AT LEAST 5 examples of literary devices (metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia, pun, dialogue, alliteration, etc…)
Your poem should have a rhythm to it so it doesn’t “sound” like a paragraph.
Create a creative title (pun, alliteration, etc. may help).
Include a vast expanse of research or focus on something specific
3. Your paper must have at least 1,250 words (five typed pages), but no more than 1,500 words.
4. Sample Outline
A. Hook: Include and explain a quote about or from the famous person
B. Transition: Relate the quote to your thesis
C. Thesis “___________ was an important / influential figure in history
who had a (positive/negative) impact on the world because...”
II. Early life/Childhood
B. Parents / Siblings
- names, occupations... Did parents die early? What influence did they exert?
D. Significant events that impacted the person they would become
III. Beginning of career/impact on the world
A. Who influenced the person to become who they were?
B. What started their career?
1. Detail when they first entered the field they were famous for
2. Explain any lessons they may have learned from that first event
C. What did they have to overcome to become who they were?
IV. Significant accomplishments (This is the main part of your paper.)
A. What did the person do to become famous/influential?
B. Detail several events or accomplishments/ Describe what they did or created
C. Highlight any pitfalls or problems
V. Impact on the world (positive or negative)
A. How is America or the world different because they lived?
B. Detail how their field (war, entertainment, politics, etc) changed because they lived
VI. Lessons learned from their life (conclusion)
A. What personality traits did the person possess that made them great?
B. How can you apply those lessons to your life?
C. What makes this person someone to look up to?
5. Sample Paper
6. Taking Notes
A person faces many obstacles and challenges daily. Oftentimes one small moment in someone’s life, a decision, or action can have a big impact not only on their own lives but on the lives of others for years to come. This was the case for Ferruccio Lamborghini who, after being turned down after trying to make improvements on Ferraris, said, “Finally, I'd had enough. I slammed the door and vowed I would build my own car. The way I wanted it.” In that small moment, his ambition of making cars took over, leading him to produce what is now one of the most luxurious and successful automobile companies in the world.
Imagine what it would be like without Walgreens: You’d have to travel from store to store to get specific items, waste gas in your car and waste time. That’s why Walgreens is a very helpful place for people since it has many things in just one store. If you need to get the medication that your doctor recommended for you, Walgreens is there with its pharmacy. Need to get food because you’ve run out? Walgreens has food and snacks of multiple brands - even milk and other drinks! Walgreens helps you save time by having all of the items that you may need in it! That’s why it’s such a helpful and great place, and it’s all thanks to Charles Rudolph Walgreens.
A must-ride attraction in a carnival is the Ferris wheel. It gives you time to relax, settle down, and enjoy the view, and listen to the sound of people screaming while going down a rollercoaster. Most people wouldn’t consider a carnival a proper carnival if it didn’t have a Ferris wheel. In the early 1890s, George Ferris Jr was looking to make something that would outshine and exceed all other carnival rides. He did just that. Now 128 years later, his invention is a staple of carnivals ride all around the world.
Every day you go to work or school using some sort of transportation such as a car or a bus, but imagine if this wasn’t the case and you had to walk or use your bicycle or horse to from point A to B. Thankfully the Dodge Brothers were a big part of this sort of transportation. Although they weren’t the first ones to create a car they went from making bicycle parts to now being one of the biggest American car companies and creating one of the best American muscle cars.
Imagine having to go to many supermarkets to get all of your food to eat. That all changed when Bernard Kroger created the first supermarket called Kroger that sold meat, bakery, and groceries under the same roof. When Bernard Kroger was creating Kroger, his motto was, “Be particular. Never sell anything you would not want yourself.” Bernard Kroger was determined to make a successful supermarket that would help many people get their groceries and he accomplished just that.