Inventor Eulogy Project

Inventor Eulogy Project


According to the dictionary on your computer, a eulogy is: eulogy |ˈyoōləjē|noun ( pl. -gies) a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died : his good friend delivered a brief eulogy.


  1. Students will choose, research, and learn about an Industrial Revolution inventor;
  2. Students will encounter examples of eulogies from various media (literature, history, film, etc.) and write their own for their chosen inventor;
  3. Students will discover and contemplate the personal qualities and circumstances that allowed these inventors to succeed;
  4. Students will hone writing and presentation skills;


Each student will imagine he/she is a nearest and dearest friend of a departed inventor. Eulogies should include examples of the inventors’ accomplishments (research, inventions, breakthroughs, impact on the world, etc.) as well as commentary of the personal nature (“Thomas Edison was always inquisitive, and this caused our chemistry professor great distress. Why, I recall a time in university, when Tommy and I…”).

Pick a focus:

Their Life Story

Where were they born?  Did they get married, and have children?  Where did they live?   This type of Eulogy would tell the story of their childhood, any special awards they won, and any major accomplishments as an adult.  This type of Eulogy would be used if the majority of the audience knows the person from the latter part of their life.

Personal Accomplishments
This type of Eulogy would  be for an audience that is close family and friends.  The accomplishments would be focused on areas that directly affected the audience.  Ex. If the deceased was a devoted grandmother, and her grandchildren were present, this type of Eulogy would focus on her devotion to them.  If the deceased especially enjoyed the holidays, then their ability to “host” could be discussed.

Personal Stories
This type of eulogy focuses on personal stories between you (or other family members and friends) and the deceased.  This is usually a light-hearted and sometimes funny.

Tips to Get Started Writing:

Once you have answered some general questions, and picked a focus get organized and get writing.  Use these tips to help you get started with writing.

1.  Choose the tone of of the eulogy.  You may want to check with family members to determine if the service is formal, casual, religious or secular.  Your tone should match the tone of the service.

2.  Compile your information —   Organize the information that you have written according to the focus of the eulogy.

3.  Be concise and organized — Check with the funeral organizer about how long the eulogy should be.  Typically, eulogies should be between 5 and 15 minutes.

When writing (delivering)  the eulogy consider organizing the speech by using the following:Opening Statement
It is important to identify yourself and your relationship to the deceased.  The opening statement will give tell the audience the direction you are going to take the Eulogy.

Briefly explain the theme or focus
Expand on the theme or focus and how the deceased affected your life.

Tell the Story
This can be either a personal story that you shared with the deceased, or it can be one that a family member shared with you.  The story should be reflective of the theme you have chosen for your Eulogy, and will the general message of your Eulogy.

Summarize the information you have shared in a concise manner.  The summary can also serve as your conclusion.  No new information should be introduced in the summary.

Poem, Quote, or Song
Share a poem, quote or song that you think is reflective of the life of the deceased.  This is often a nice finishing touch.

4.  Rehearse the Eulogy.  After you have completed your initial draft, you should take a break.  After a break, you should return to your draft and make a few polishing changes.  Have someone else read the Eulogy, and practice your delivery in front of the mirror or another person.  Remember, when delivering your speech, maintain eye contact with your audience, and speak in a normal conversation voice. Compile cards to help you stay on track (if you need them).


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