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Encounters 7


Game Changer

A game-changer is an individual or company

that significantly alters the way things are done.

Game-changing individuals often use their personality traits and attitude

to spark change


  1. James L. Kraft

  2. John Harvey Kellogg

  3. S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker

  4. Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson

  5. Franklin Clarence Mars

  6. Louis Braille

  7. Herman Lay

  8. Henry J. Heinz

  9. S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker

  10. Joseph A. Campbell

  11. Earl Tupper

  12. Adolph Dassler

  13. James Cash Penney

  14. William Wrigley Jr.

  15. E. Irvin and Clarence Scott

  16. Milton Hershey

  17. Levi Strauss

  18. Henry Ford

  19. Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins

  20. Oscar F Mayer

  21. William E Boeing

  22. William Colgate

  23. Bernard Kroger

  24. Harold Matson and Elliot Handler

  25. King C. Gillette


  1. William Barnes and Clifford Noble

  2. John Cadbury

  3. Joseph A. Campbell

  4. Louis Chevrolet

  5. Walter Chrysler

  6.  William Colgate

  7. Horace and John Dodge

  8. Antonio Cavalieri Ducati

  9. Éleuthère Irénée du Pont

  10. Enzo Ferrari

  11. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.

  12. Domingo Ghirardelli

  13. Orville Gibson

  14. William S. Harley & Arthur Davidson

  15. Bill Hewlett and David Packard

  16. Soichiro Honda

  17. Robert, James, and Edward Johnson

  18. John Pierpont Morgan Sr.

  19. Bernard Kroger

  20. William and James Lever

  21. Richard and Maurice McDonald

  22. Henri Nestlé

  23. William Proctor and James Gamble

  24. Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck

  25. A. G. Spalding

  26. Michio Suzuki

  27. Charles Rudolph Walgreen

  28. Harry, Albert, Sam, & Jack Warner

  29. Noah Webster & George/ Charles Merriam 

  30. 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)

2. 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 any thing relevant to your growth as a person and as a student over the last year.  

3. 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 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

4. Your paper must have at least 1,250 words (five typed pages), but no more than 2,000 words.

5. 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 to the masses, which changed our culture to the one we know of today.

The paper should be at least 1,250 words long. The amount of information in each section varies, so these are just estimates. Meeting just the minimum list for each section will give you ONLY 1,200 words. Meeting the maximum amount for each section will give you 1,800 words.

    I. Introduction: 150 - 200 words

          A. Hook

          B. Transition

          C. Thesis


   II. Early life​: 200 - 300 words

          A. Birth

              1. When?


          B. Parents / Siblings

               - names, occupations, important details

          C. Education

          D. Significant events that impacted the person they would become



   III. Beginning of Career: 200 - 300 words

          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.): 300 - 500 words

          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): 200 - 300 words

          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): 200 - 300 words

          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?



6. Sample Paper

7. Taking Notes


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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