Agent of Change Project

Step One: Select a partner and select an agent of change.

Your choices:

Angela Davis Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzelz Gloria Steinem Helen Zia Malcolm X
Dolores Huerta Wilma Mankiller Larry Itliong Sylvia Mendez Dennis Banks
Katherine Johnson Yuri Kochiyama Harvey Milk Richard Aoki  


Step Two: Research your assigned person. You will need to use at least three sources and cite by linking the website. Use the following questions to guide your research: 

  • Where did your hero grow up?
  • What was his/her childhood like?
  • How did his/her childhood influence his/her future endeavors?
  • What is this person’s educational background?
  • Is this person still alive? Why is this person considered a hero?
  • How has this person effected positive change?
  • Is there any controversy surrounding this person?


Start in the shallow waters before diving into the deeps. In other words, gain a basic understanding of your research topic before you explore more difficult, more complex sources.

Use Student Resources in Context as a starting point. Most of the people in this project have biographies you can use as resources on this site. It will get you the basic information you need to begin to dig deeper. If you're on campus, you will automatically log on to Student Resources in Context. If you're off campus, use this page for passwords.

After you've read a basic biography (if available) on Student Resource in Context, check out The New York Times (freely available if on campus wifi) or National Public Radio to see if there is an obituary or other article reflecting on the person's life. These are good places to learn public attitudes towards your person.

And, to dig deeper, to gather primary sources like interview transcripts, videos, photographs, unclassified FBI files, letters, etc, the National Archives are going to be a valuable source. Use a limited search in Google for the archives. In the Google search box, enter this phrase: Then, place your person's name in quotations around it. This will search the National Archives through the Google analytics to which you are accustomed.

Note: Please keep track of where you found information so you can cite it correctly. Here's a reminder about when you must cite your sources.

Step Three: Create an iMovie that is no longer than 3-minutes. Your movie should include the following:

  1. Answers to the questions above, presented in a succinct way.
  2. Use of visuals, pictures, or short video clips to enhance your presentation.
  3. A famous quote by your historical figure. You are not acting out scenes; think of this like a 3-minute documentary biography. 
  4. Final "credits" which include MLA formatted Works Cited.


Make sure to cite your sources. In this case, your teacher is asking you to cite by creating "Credits" at the end of your video. These directions that our friends at Regis High school put together are really helpful when citing and creating a Works Cited page.

Step Four: Upload your movie to YouTube as an unlisted video; copy the URL and submit that to this assignment in Canvas.