• Student Directed Activities
    Below 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 Assignments
    20-30 Minutes to complete
     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?
    Aka: Fracture
     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. 
     Create a board game using historical information. Be creative and follow directions carefully. 
      Write a report on and build a model of a historical object or location.
      Working with a group of 3 - 4 students film a short newscast about a historical event.
      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.