Students can travel the world right in their classrooms and meet some of the most famous people who made monumental contributions to their countries.
Their ‘homes’ are visited every year by thousands of travellers, but now students can embark on their own journey and visit these amazing people and places.
Without leaving the classroom, students can journey across the seas, over mountains and deserts to meet the likes of Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Dickens, Louis Pasteur, Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Al Jolson, Julius Caesar and Tchaikovsky.
As you scroll down, you will find names of some of the featured people in each ‘travel book’. All the answers are in their unique BioView® stories.
- What do you know about the people with no description?
- Before you look them up, make up something about them; use your imagination. Are you anywhere near the truth?
- You will see what they were, but what did they discover/invent/achieve in their field?
- Choose one person from each ‘book’ and write a one page article about their life
- Next, pick one of the places below as the place you would like to most visit. You must (a) explain why (b) choose one of the featured people to visit and deliver a short verbal introduction about that person to the class (c) explain why you want to meet them?
Experience these inspirational stories in Amazing Americans and be motivated by some of the amazing people who helped shape the United States.
- Anne Burras – who was she?
- Frederick Douglass – Civil Rights Leader
- Amelia Earhart – Aviator
- Thomas Edison – Business Leader
- Lillian Gilbreth – who was she?
- Helen Adams Keller – Educator
- Abraham Lincoln – Politician – in what year did he become President of the United States?
- Samuel Morse – Artist and Inventor
- Jonas Salk – Scientist – but what did he discover?
- William Shockley – who was he?
- Percy Labaron Spencer – who was he?
- Harriet Tubman – Civil Rights Leader
Australia has developed to become a model multi-ethnic society. In this collection of life stories you can gain an insight into how these Amazing People of Australia set the scene and contributed to the country we fondly refer to as DownUnder.
- Henry Cable – Convict and Founding Father of Australia
- Howard Florey – who was he?
- James Harrison – Inventor – what did he invent?
- Susannah Holmes – Convict and Founding Mother of Australia
- Charles Kingsford Smith – Aviation
- Nellie Melba – who was she?
- Charles Nelson Perkins – who was he?
England, throughout its history, has been the birthplace of countless inspirational people, many who have become household names around the world. Meet them and many other great people in Amazing People of England.
- Elizabeth Blackwell – Doctor
- Jesse Boot – who was he?
- Isambard Brunel – Engineer – famous for designing what?
- Humphry Davy – Chemist/Inventor – Miners benefited from what he invented; what was it?
- Michael Faraday – Scientist
- Elizabeth Garrett – who was she?
- Joseph Lister – Doctor
- Ada Lovelace – who was she?
- Thomas Newcomen – Engineer
- Emmeline Pankhurst – Suffragette Women’s Rights Leader
- John Simpson – who was he?
- John Snow – Doctor
- Christopher Wren – Architect – what did he design?
In this unique, inspirational story collection from the Amazing People of France, meet some of the amazing French people who have made major contributions to a great nation.
- Simone de Beauvoir – who was she?
- Louis Bleriot – Aviator, inventor/engineer
- Louis Braille – Inventor
- King Louis XV – King of France
- Louis Pasteur – Scientist – what did he discover?
Germany is a country rich in history for many reasons, both good and bad. In this exciting title, the Amazing People of Germany, we bring you face to face with some of the most influential and inspirational people of Germany.
- Ludwig van Beethoven – composer – name one of his compositions
- Gerhard Domagk – who was he?
- Felix Hoffmann – Chemist
- Robert Koch – Doctor/medical research
- Marie-Elisabeth Lűders – who was she?
As well as being famous for its fine artists and great writers, Italy is also (and consequently) closely associated with romance and passion. The birthplace of the Renaissance has been home to many amazing people. Meet some in our title the Amazing People of Italy.
- Rosalba Carriera – Artist
- Enrico Fermi – who was he?
- Niccolò Machiavelli – Political philosopher
- Antonio Meucci – Engineer /inventor – what did he invent?
- Giuseppe Verdi – who was he?
As you walk around historic London in the Amazing People of London, you are traveling in the footsteps of inspiring people. In their different ways, they made major contributions to London, which in turn helped make the city what it is today.
- Lee Fisher – Farmer – what did he contribute to London?
- Simon de Montfort – French-English Nobleman
- Ann Hallows – who was she?
- Wat Tyler – Leader of the Peasant’s Revolt
- Geoffrey Chaucer – English author – what is his best known work?
- Sir Richard Whittington – Mayor of London
- Henry VIII – King of England – when was he born?
- Francis Bacon – who was he?
- Inigo Jones – Architect
- Edward Lloyd – Coffee shop owner – why have we featured this coffee shop owner?
- Joseph Banks – Botanist
- Marc Brunel – Engineer
- Charles Dickens – Novelist – name two of his works
- John Snow – Physician
- Thomas Barnardo – Irish Doctor and Humanitarian
- Emmeline Pankhurst – who was she?
- Susan Hope – Business Woman – what is she known for?
In the Amazing People of New York, you have the opportunity to meet many of the people who made this the great bustling city it is today. We take you on a fascinating journey through the history of one of the world’s most visited cities.
- Jak Lenape – who was he?
- Giovanni da Verrazzano – Ship Captain of La Dauphine
- Henry Hudson – Ship Captain of the Half Moon – what river was named after him?
- Richard Nicolls – British Governor of New York
- Elias Neau – Immigrant and Teacher – where did he migrate from?
- Anna Zenger – who was she?
- Governer Clinton – British Governor of New York
- George Washington – Military Leader and First U.S. President – in what year was he born?
- John Jacob Astor – Landowner and Philanthropist
- Sojourner Truth – Slave and Abolitionist – what did she achieve for others?
- William Cullen Bryant – Newspaper Editor
- Washington Roebling – who was he?
- Susan B. Anthony – Women’s Rights Campaigner
- Oscar Hammerstein – Composer
Amazing People of Paris takes you on a fascinating journey with these icons of one of the world’s most loved cities in the world. You will meet those who contributed to the music, the art, the architecture, the politics and other vital aspects of the city’s life.
- Julius Caesar – Roman Leader
- Saint Genevieve – Nun
- Charles Martel – who was he?
- Jacques Deloitte – Businessman
- André le Notre – Gardener and Architect
- Yvette Bouvier – Mother of the Revolution
- Madame Lavoisier – who was she?
- Joseph Montgolfier – Aviator – what sort of ‘aircraft’ did he build?
- Victor Hugo – Politician and Writer
- Gustave Eiffel – Design Engineer and Developer – what did he design?
- Pierre de Coubertin – who was he?
- Henri Toulouse-Lautrec – Artist
- Edith Piaf – who was she?
- Coco Chanel – Business Entrepreneur – name one of her famous perfumes?
- Simone de Beauvoir – Writer
Russia is the largest country in the world and covers more than one eighth of the globe’s inhabited land mass. So, it stands to reason that it has been home to many amazing people. We take you on a virtual historical journey into the lives of some of these inspirational contributors to this nation in the Amazing People of Russia.
- Catherine the Great – Empress/Leader
- Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin – who was he?
- Vasili Mitrokhin – who was he?
- Ivan Pavlov – Psychologist
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Composer
Home to the Loch Ness monster, kilts, clans and medieval castles, Scotland was also the birthplace of some amazing innovators, who made major contributions to our world. Meet these innovators here in the Amazing People of Scotland.
- John Logie Baird – Engineer – what did he invent?
- Andrew Carnegie – Engineer/Entrepreneur – in what field?
- James Lind – Physician
- Thomas Telford – who was he?
- James Watt – Engineer
Imagine you had to sail 10,000 miles to an island in the South Pacific Ocean in an old wooden boat. In 1788, that happened to over 1400 English convicts, colonists, captains and men of the Marine Corps. Watched by fearful local Aboriginals, they established a base in a place called New South Wales, Australia. Amazing People of Sydney brings you in touch with real people who have left us a legacy that we can explore.
- James Cook – Explorer and Ship – when did he land on Australian soil?
- Joseph Banks – who was he?
- Arthur Phillip – First Governor of New South Wales – in what year did he become Governor?
- Bennelong – Captured Aborigine who visited England
- Lachlan Macquarie – who was he?
- John Hosking – First Mayor of Sydney
- Mary Reibey – who was she?
- Elizabeth Macarthur – Farmer
- George Thornton – who was he?
- William Wentworth – Explorer and Politician
- Mary Ann Bugg – who was she?
- Mary O’Neil – Irish Orphan Immigrant
- Banjo Paterson – Author – name two of his famous poems?
- Jorn Utzon – Architect
- Mi Grant – Immigrant
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We would like you to try some of our amazing class starters and let us know how they were received by teachers and students. To take a peek at how some students reacted when they came face to face with Columbus and Michelangelo, please see our video from Castle Vale High School.