1. Advertisement - Level 1
2. Annotated Illustration - Level 2
Your Task: Create an advertisement for a technological advancement in history. This should be a one-page ad that could appear in a newspaper or magazine.
Your ad must include:
1. A drawing of the item or the location of the event
2. Color throughout
3. Why people should be interested
4. A price
5. A list of what the item does
6. A made up quote from someone living at the time
Your task: Draw an illustration of a historical figure, item or event. Annotate this with text labels and descriptions of the key points in the picture.
1. Draw a full page picture, in color, of your figure, item or event.
2. Neatly write a title identifying the person, place and year.
3. Write a minimum of 6 annotations at least 2 sentences in length each to describe various parts of your drawing. Number these 1-6 on your paper.
3. Bumper Sticker - Level 1
4. Comic Strip - Level 2
Your Task: Create a comic strip of at least 5 panels comic strip about a specific event within the last unit.
1. Plan out each of your panels (5 minimum!) carefully. Make sure you can tell the whole story!
2. Each panel should include at least one text bubble.
3. All panels should include a background to indicate where it is taking place.
4. Drawings should be neat, no stick people!
5. Illustrated Map - Level 2
Your task: Create a map of a historical event that includes illustrations and captions highlighting key information. Your map should be neat and colored.
Your map must include:
1. The basic map of your event.
2. Choose a minimum of 5 specific details of the event that you want to represent on your map.
3. Either a picture or a 3 sentence caption for 5 different events. Each item should be in the proper location on the map.
4. A legend and relative scale.
*Number each piece on your rough draft and show it to your teacher before moving on.*
5. All of the above pieces neatly colored on white paper.
6. Illustrated Timeline - Level 2
Your task: Create a timeline of a historical period that includes illustrations and captions highlighting key information. Your timeline should be neat and colored.
Your map must include:
1. The basic timeline of your historical period.
2. Choose a minimum of 10 specific events that you want to represent on your timeline.
3. A 2-3 sentence caption for each event along with the correct date when it occurred.
4. A picture for at least 4 of the events.
*Number each piece on your rough draft and show it to your teacher before moving on.
5. Do your final draft on white paper and use color throughout.
7. Magazine Cover - Level 3
8. Movie Madness - Level 3
Your Task: Read the section assigned by your teacher then represent the information as the cover of a magazine. This final result should look clean and artistic like a magazine cover (colorful block letters, quality artwork, etc.) but first you must create a non-colored rough draft. The page can be laid out however you choose but must include ALL of the following:
1. The title of the section.
2. All key terms from the section along with a short definition.
3. The main people involved in this section and what they did.
4. Two statements/sentences copied directly from the textbook that you found interesting.
5. Two questions you make up that are answered in this section.
6. At least 2 graphics (drawings, maps, graphs, symbols, cartoons, Venn diagrams, graphic organizers, etc.) These should tie in with the sentences you chose in number four.
7. A personal response/opinion - a comment, a connection, or an interpretation. (This reminds me of… I feel that… This makes me think…)
8. Your name in the lower right corner.
9. When you are finished, number the parts 1-8 of your paper using the numbers above and show it to your teacher. If you are missing any numbers you are not finished!
10. Create a final draft of your magazine cover using ink and color. It must look like a magazine cover not just like a list of answers! You must have both a rough and final draft.
Your task: Imagine this unit had been made into a Hollywood produced movie. Design the movie poster that you would use to advertise the movie and write a critique of the movie.
Part 1: Movie Poster
1. Draw and color your poster on a full page of white paper.
a. An image or scene that represents the unit.
b. A made-up title that makes the unit sound exciting.
c. The actors in the movie and the characters they would be playing.
Part 2: The Written Critique
1. Write your critique on a separate sheet of lined paper.
2. Your critique must be at least 3 full paragraphs.
a. Paragraph 1 must summarize the major events of the unit.
b. Paragraph 2 must summarize the main people from the unit.
c. Paragraph 3 must give your opinion on the events of the unit. (Was it boring? Was it exciting? What mistakes were made? What could they have done differently to make it better?) Include a rating of the unit out of four stars and explain why you would rate it that way.
9. Personal Pyramid - Level 2
Your Task: Pyramids were structures built to honor the dead. They were big and beautifully designed to show the importance of the person. Create your own pyramid with information for a historical figure.
1. Carefully trace the template on the back of this page (or if your teacher is super rich you can ask for them to print one out for you.)
2. Follow these directions for each face of the pyramid:
a. On one triangle neatly draw and color a picture or symbol that represents the person or something important he or she did. No stick figures!
b. On one triangle write three facts about the person using complete sentences. Be sure to include the most important things the person is known for.
c. On one triangle artistically write three words that could describe the person.
d. On one triangle write a quotation that the person said or might have said.
e. On the square write the person’s name, the unit name, and your name.
3. Lightly color and decorate your pyramid. Each side should look good!
4. Cut out around the outside of the template. Do not cut off any of the boxes.
5. Fold along each of the black lines on the template. Fold each piece about half-way back and you’ll see how the pyramid will come together. Tape or glue the sides together to create your pyramid.
10. Picture Book - Level 3
Your task: Create a picture book (children’s book) detailing the most important information from a period in history. The book should be simple enough for a child to understand but should still include important historical information.
1. Stack two pieces of white paper, turn them sideways and fold them over. This will create 8 total pages including the front and back covers.
2. On the front cover write a title and your name.
3. On the 6 inside pages write your story.
a. Each page must have 3 or more written sentences. These must be written using simple words that a child could understand.
b. Each page must have a drawing (picture, symbol, map, graphic organizer [“bubbles”], etc. that must be colored.
c. The topics should be chronological. That is, the events that happened first should be the beginning of the book.
4. On the back include a short summary of the book like you’d find on any other book.
11. Picture Frame - Level 1
12. Postcard from the Past - Level 1
Your task: Copy and complete the picture frame graphic organizer below for a person from this unit.
1. Draw a picture frame like the one below on your own paper.
2. In the center box draw or print out a picture of your person
3. In the top box write the person’s name artistically.
4. In the bottom box write two detail sentences from the book or your notes. Copy the sentences exactly and note what page and line each sentence came from.
5. In the left box write a personal response to something the person did or said. (This reminds me of… It is fair/unfair that… I wish I knew more about…)
6. In the right box list 3 social studies terms related to the person.
A postcard is a photograph that people often send while on vacation. It shows the people back home what they are missing and allows a brief note.
Your Task: On a large (4 x 6) index card create a postcard that you would send home to tell your family about the civilization we are studying. The front of your postcard should have a colored picture of the civilization and a short greeting. The back should have a short note to your family describing something amazing about that civilization (one full paragraph) and a stamp that represents a famous person from the civilization.
13. Storyboard - Level 3