Jan 4 Handouts 2012

Three Guiding Questions for developing your Young Chautauqua character:

  1.  Why am I remembered in history?
  2. What hardships did I face, and how did I overcome them?
  3. How did different social views,  political views, or cultural views affect my life – and how did I affect those issues?

Information you might include on your timeline:

  •  Dates of birth, marriage, death
  • Places you’ve lived with dates
  • Major events that happened in your life such as war or natural disasters
  • Political leaders in your region
  • Significant inventions or discoveries during your lifetime

Other information you’ll want to know about your character:

  •  Names of parents, siblings, husband/wife, children:
  • Friends or important people you’ve met:
  • Clothing your character might have worn
  • Interesting quotes from/about your character
  • Bibliography of sources used

General Overview of a Young Chautauqua project


  • someone else reads this for you
  • it briefly sets the stage with usually at least  a name, a year and a location


  • transitions into starting the conversation and grabbing the audience’s attention
  • usually not “my name is ____  I was born in ___”

3 stories:

  • vignettes, sometimes more or fewer
  • through stories try to show things like: character, personality, time period in history, hardships faced and overcome, accomplishments, etc.
  • Answer the 3 Guiding Questions through your stories.


  • transition out of your story, wrap up your story or conversation so you don’t just say “that’s all”
  • ask if anyone has questions for you.

Q&A in character:

  • this is where you have to know more details about your character so you can try to answer with more than yes/no/I don’t know.

Q & A out of character:

  • a chance for you to tell about your interest in the character or your research process.
  • Photo Gallery: Click on the photo to see more of our talented students in action!

    S. as Julius Caesar

    S. as Julius Caesar