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Encounters 7


Game Changer

A game-changer is an individual 

that significantly alters the way things are done.

The people on this list were so innovative

that their companies bear their name and still exist.


You're going to discover and report on what they did

that made them a game changer. 

The Choices          The Product

  1. Abercrombie, David T. and Ezra Fitch

  2. Amos, Wally

  3. Baskin, Burt and Irv Robbins

  4. Black, S. Duncan and Alonzo G. Decker

  5. Boeing, William E

  6. Cadbury, John

  7. Campbell, Joseph A.

  8. Colgate, William

  9. Dassler, Adolph

  10. Dodge, Horace and John

  11. du Pont, Éleuthère Irénée

  12. Ducati, Antonio Cavalieri

  13. Ferris, George Washington Gale

  14. Fisher, Herman and Irving Price

  15. Gibson, Orville

  16. Gilletter, King C.

  17. Harley, William S. and Arthur Davidson

  18. Heinz, Henry J.

  19. Hershey, Milton

  20. Hewlett, Bill and David Packard

  21. Johnson, Robert, James, and Edward

  22. Kellog, John Harvey

  23. Kraft, James L.

24. Kroger, Bernard

25. Lay, Herman

26. Lever, William and James

27. Mars, Franklin Clarence

28. Matson, Harold and Elliot Handler

29. Mayer, Oscar F.

30. Morgan, John Pierpont

31. Penney, James Cash

32. Phillips, Henry Frank

33.Pillsbury, Charles Alfred

34. Pro ctor, William and James Gamble

35. Redenbacher, Orville Clarence

36. Reese, Harry Burnett

37. Scott, E. Irvin and Clarence

38. Sears, Richard and Alvah Roebuck

39. Spalding, Albert G.

40. Strauss, Levi

41. Tupper, Earl

42. Walgreen, Charles Rudolph

43. Warner, Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack

44. Webster, Noah and George/ Charles Merriam

45. Welch, Thomas Bramwell

46. Wells, Henry and William G Fargo

47. Wrigley, William

Anchor 2

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)

2. Bio Poem

3. Reflection on the Year

How have you changed and developed as a student over the last year? Reflect on how your personality traits, your interests, your leadership ability, your dreams, and your strengths and weaknesses have changed. Think about the choices you've made and the company you keep. Consider anything relevant to your growth as a person and as a student over the last year.  

4. Research Poem (<-- click for more)

  • 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 stanzas.

  • 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

5. Your paper must have at least 1,400 words (five typed pages), but no more than 2,000 words.

6. Sample Outline

          Your introduction could focus on a quote from or about your person, what life was like before your person did what he did, or ..... use your imagination. Your thesis needs to express the impact your person had on the industry,

           “So-and-so was an important/ influential figure in history who had a positive impact on the world because...”


Here's an actual example from an online article: Henry Ford was a visionary who revolutionized the automotive industry. He made the assembly line better and was able to produce the first affordable car for the masses, which changed car culture to the one we know today.

    I. Introduction: 175 - 225 words

          A. Hook

          B. Transition

          C. Thesis


   II. Childhood and Early Life: 250 - 350 words

          A. Birth

              1. When?

              2. Where?

          B. Parents / Siblings

               - names, occupations, important details

          C. Education

          D. Significant events that impacted the person they would become



   III. Beginning of Career: 250 - 350 words

           This section is just for the START of their career. Not its growth and innovations.

          A. Who influenced the person to become who they were?

          B. What started their career?

               1. 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. Career Achievements (This is the main part of your paper.): 350 - 500 words

           This is where you write the specifics about their company and its growth. 

          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. Conclusion - Death and Legacy 350 - 450 words

       Do NOT repeat facts/ details from earlier in the paper. 

       Here are some things to consider including:

          A. How is America or the world different because they lived?

          B. How has their field (war, entertainment, politics, etc.) changed because they lived?

          C. What personality traits did the person possess that made them great?

          D. What makes this person someone to look up to?



7. Sample Paper

8. Taking Notes


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Sample Introductons

     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.

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