Student Directed ActivitiesBelow you will find links to and descriptions of all the assignments we use for Choose Your Own Adventure.Click on the individual assignment links to get the full instructions and printable worksheets.The assignments are divided into three categories based on what skills you will use to complete them.General Rubric - will be used for all projects
Detective: A detective closely examines historical facts and puts them together in many forms. They work with charts to represent information clearly and logically. They enjoy answering questions and finding details.
Artist: An artist focuses on pictures to learn about the past. They produce drawings and crafts to present information to others in unique ways. They enjoy creating work that shows off their skill and talent.
Profiler: A profiler is mostly interested in people and how they think. They like to imagine themselves in historical situations and write about how they would have reacted. They usually present their findings through short writings.5 Point Assignments20-30 Minutes to completeName Type Description Acrostic Poem A word from the unit is written vertically and then each letter is used to start each line of a descriptive poem. Advertisement Create a print advertisement for an invention from the given civilization. Advice Letter Write a letter to a historical figure giving him or her advice on a problem. Be the Thing Write a short explanation of the life experience of a particular object from history like Da Vinci's first paintbrush. Bio-Poem Complete a poem with a pre-made layout about a specific person or group in history. Bumper Sticker Create a witty bumper sticker about a specific topic. Recommended only for highly creative students. Cause and Effect Chain Describe two causes and two effects for a given historical event. Caution! Create a caution sign warning people about something dangerous from a civilization. Countdown Complete a 5-stage graphic organizer including key terms, review questions and a symbol. Creative Line Art
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Using a picture with random shapes and scribbles create a scene from or representing the current unit. Day Planner Write out the daily schedule for someone living in an ancient civilization. Obituary Design the obituary for a famous figure. May require outside research. Game On! Design a game that could be played in a civilization we've studied. Consider the impact of their geography and culture. In 'N Out Complete a graphic organizer highlighting the influences and contributions of a civilization or person. Judgment Create a T-chart to determine if a historical figure was a good or bad person. Neo Venn Diagram Like a Venn Diagram only less reliant on drawing properly sized circles. Picture Analysis Answer a series of thought-provoking analysis questions about a photograph or piece of art. Postcard from the Past Make a postcard as if you were visiting an ancient civilization. Report Card Gives grades to a historical figure in categories assigned by your teacher. SOAPS Create a simple chart to help you understand a primary source. Top Ten Create a top ten list of contributions and achievements from a civilization. TXT MSG SMRE Write a summary of a historical event in the form of a text message to a friend. Venn Diagram Complete a Venn Diagram (kinda...) to compare and contract two historical figures, events or civilizations. Wanted Poster Create a wanted (or hero) poster for a person from history.
10 Point Assignments
45 minutes to complete
Name Type Description Annotated Illustration Students draw a full-page picture of a historical object or location and write 6 captions to describe it. Bracketology A chart set up like a tournament bracket where students "battle" terms from the unit against each other. Bio Box A 3-D graphic organizer that highlights the key characteristics and events of a person's life. Brain Chain List 10 important people, events, concepts, etc. and 5 generic history terms then create conceptual links between them in a graphic organizer. Circle Summary Complete a graphic organizer as a history unit summary. Requires the unit to be broken down into 5 parts to work as shown here. Comic Strip Create a 3-5 panel comic strip showing an event from a historical perspective. Dear Diary Write a series of diary entries as if you were a person in history truly experiencing a historical event. Instant Messages Create an instant message conversation between two historical figures about a historic event. Invitation Create an invitation (the who, what, when, where, what to bring, etc.) to a historical event we studied in the unit. Legal Brief Write a legal defense for a historical figure who may have committed a crime. Draw the clothing a historical figure would likely wear and describe some of his/her inner thoughts and feelings. Personal Pyramid Create a 3-D monument to memorialize a person from history. Perspectives Imagine how a historical figure would view modern inventions and ideas. Recipe for a Civilization Write a recipe with a list of ingredients it would take to create a given civilization. This definitely requires abstract thinking. Remote Control Create a television channel line-up based on a recent unit. Decide what shows would on to match up to the culture. Song Rewrite Rewrite the lyrics to a song to make it about a historical period. Time Machine Transport yourself back in time and figure out what would happen to someone your age and gender in a given civilization. Trading Cards Create three trading cards for people, events or objects from a given unit. The cards each include basic information and a "relevance rating." Try to collect them all!
20 Point Assignments
90 minutes to complete
Name Type Description Civilization in a Bag Find 5 modern items that represent different aspects of a civilization and use them to report on the civilization. Crossword Make your own crossword puzzle using terms from the current unit. Deadliest Warrior Research information on the warriors of two civilizations and then simulate a battle between them. iHistory Imagine what personal information would be included in a historical figures apps. Letters Home Write a series of letters home as if you were traveling on a long journey. Movie Madness Use art and writing to recreate a given unit as a movie. Includes designing a movie poster and writing a movie review. Paper Bag Puppet Create a puppet of a historical figure along with a list of statements that person might say. Picture Book Create a children's book about a given topic. Play Write and perform a short play about a historical event. Completed in pairs or small groups. Pop Culture Create a "pop-up" 3D display of the key aspects of a culture. Social Network Create a social network page for a historical figure Story Board Create a storyboard layout for a movie based on a historical event. Travel Brochure Create a six-panel foldout brochure that highlights the history, hot spots, and accommodations of a civilization. You also get to design an amusement park! Web Page Create the layout for a web page about a specific topic from the unit. What If?
Flip the script on an event in history. Change one major detail from the event then speculate how this would have changed the outcome. Show your results in a recreated textbook page.
40 Point Assignments
All 40 point assignments require significant work outside of class and take up to 4 hours to complete.
Name Type Description A-Z Book Working with a partner create a picture for 26 key terms each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. If you ask nicely I might let you skip 2 of the tougher letters. Boardgame Create a board game using historical information. Be creative and follow directions carefully. Model Write a report on and build a model of a historical object or location. Newscast Working with a group of 3 - 4 students film a short newscast about a historical event. Newspaper Working with a partner create a newspaper with sports reports, comic strips, ads and other articles about a civilization. Mind Map Create a large word cluster using terms from the unit. Then write sentences explaining how the words are connected. It is basically a very large Brain Chain.