Poster Project

“From Inspiration to Aspiration” Poster Project

Objectives: Students will evaluate their own aspiration by sharing their “ From Inspiration to Aspiration” poster project.

Do Now: Share in pairs for a few minutes the experiences you had doing the project.

Mini Lesson with Guided Practice

Extract values, character and goals by observing others’ experiences and achievement.

  1. Steve Job: Was he a genius? What type of achievement inspired me the most?
  2. His history of failures and come-back. How do I connect with this aspect of his life? Read his brief bio ( and seek details that speak to you. Analyze why.

Guided Practice-

Steve Job’s somewhat unconventional style of management.. Read his biography and see if you see inspiration from his story.


Reflection: What did you gain from these inspirational people?

“Inspiration to Aspiration” Poster Project

As John Donne wrote in his poem “No man is an island,/Entire of itself”, it’s inevitable almost very sensible person in this world either has inspired others or been inspired because “Every man is a piece of the continent,/A part of the main…” We are, as an individual, together build this world in which we live.

For this poster-project, you will present a person who has inspired you to shape your character or aspire you to pursue a dream.  I know many of you may immediately look into your family for such inspiration. As a school project, we would like you to consider looking into history, media or even films to identify the person. S/he can be a historical or contemporary figure, i.e. scientist, mathematician, inventor, artist, writer, historian, musician, actor, entrepreneur, civic (social) movement leader, athlete, naturalist, or politician, etc. Bear in mind that the person has “earned “your respect with his/her character or achievement. S/he can be well-known or little-known.

Once you have decided whom you will present, you will follow the guidelines to complete the project-

1.      Do online research to read more about the person and become very familiar with his/her struggles and achievement.

2.      Gain understanding of why the person has truly inspired you.

3.      Narrow your descriptions to 2-3 details about the person’s experiences that have left a deep impression on you.

4.      Make a specific claim about how s/he has inspired you by synthesizing your thoughts on the details.

5.      Analyze each detail and explain why it affects you ( in an inspiring way).

6.      Make a (personal)  connection with the figure’s character, struggle  or achievement: how does s/he serve as  a role model  or “fountain” of inspiration in your life?

7.      Be creative with the poster-project( use visuals and inspirational quotations)*

8.      Make a Power Point presentation( optional)

9.      Prepare a 5-minute oral presentation.

*You will also need an image of the person for the project. Be sure to do research and find the most compelling details to illustrate your point



Criteria\Scores A B C D F
Content: contain specific and detailed descriptions of the person; avoid generalization Details are specific, accurate and compelling Details are specific and relevant Some details are specific, others are general but relevant Some details, mostly generalization No details
Analysis: reflect on the person’s experiences to bring out what  they mean to you; establish a claim Insightful and relevant claim derived clearly from the details Relevant claim based on the details A basic but clear claim based on the details unclear  claim No claim
Personal Connection: describe how the person’s experiences or achievement have inspired you personally Making personal, insightful, relevant and direct connections with the details Making relevant and personal connections Making some personal connections Making indirect connections No personal connection
Originality: Use visuals and space creatively;  visuals need to enhance and reveal the meaning Visuals are meaningful ,insightful and artistically spaced Visuals are meaningful and spacing clear Visuals are somewhat meaningful and no intention to spacing Visuals are decorative and no intention of spacing No visual nor spacing
Oral Presentation: voice, posture and eye contact Clear, confident and direct Clear, some confidence and some eye contact Inconstant, some confidence and minimum eye contact Hard to follow, minimum confidence, lack of eye contact Inaudible, no confidence, no eye contact