History assignments for just about any topic!
50 XP Assignments
20-30 Minutes to complete
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. (Thanks Doug!)
Countdown! - Complete a 5-stage graphic organizer including key terms, review questions and a symbol.
Dank Memes - Create memes for 3 concepts from the unit.
Day Planner - Plan out the daily schedule for someone living in an ancient civilization.
*NEW* Emoji Board - Link 6 emojis to things you've learned in this unit.
Epitaph/Gravestone - Design the epitaph and gravestone 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 (which I can't do...)
Picture Analysis - Answer a series of thought-provoking analysis questions about a photograph or piece of art.
Picture Frame - Design a graphic organizer in the shape of a picture frame about a historical figure.
Postcard from the Past - Make a postcard as if you were visiting an ancient civilization.
Report Card - Give 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.
*NEW* Zoom Meeting - Imagine a bunch of figures met on Zoom to discuss an event from the unit. Recreate their meeting!
100 XP Assignments
45 minutes to complete
*NEW* Amazon Reviews - Evaluate three concepts from the most recent unit by creating Amazon reviews for them.
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 courtesy of mrwoodside.com.
Brain Chain - List 10 important people, events, concepts, etc. and 5 generic history terms then create conceptual links between them in a graphic organizer.
Character Clash! - Complete two bio-poems side to side to highlight the similarities and differences between two historical figures or groups.
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.
Create a Super Hero - Design a super hero based around a civilization or historical era. Give him or her powers, a motto, a sidekick and a weakness.
Dear Diary - Write a series of diary entries as if you were a person in history truly experiencing a historical event.
Flash Cards - Create flash cards for 4 key terms from the unit.
Illustrated Map - Draw a map and add captions or small pictures to bring the map to life.
Illustrated Timeline - Draw a timeline and add captions or small pictures to bring it to life.
Introduction Speech - Write and recite an introductory speech for a historical figure. May require outside research.
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.
Mannequin - 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.
Perspective - Imagine how a historical figure would view modern inventions and ideas.
Private Messages - - Create an instant message conversation between two historical figures about a historic event.
Quest for Knowledge - A series of activities to help get the most information possible out of a section of reading in the textbook.
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." Collect them all!
Worlds Collide - Draw pictures contrasting key points of two civilizations.
200 XP Assignments
90 minutes to complete
Civilization in a Bag - Find 5 modern items that represent different aspects of a civilization and use them to report on the civilization.
Create a Crossword - Make your own crossword puzzle using terms from the current unit.
*NEW* Dinner Party - You've invited 8 key terms to a dinner party. Plan the guest list, decor and activities to create an awesome themed party!
Deadliest Warrior - Research information on the warriors of two civilizations and then simulate a battle between them.
HiStory - Write a creative fictional story using key terms and figures from the unit.
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.
Magazine Cover - Design a one-page magazine cover for a given section of the textbook.
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
Storyboard - 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.
400 XP Assignments
All 400 point assignments require significant work outside of class and take up to 4 hours to complete.
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.
Bloom Ball - Create a soccer ball shaped graphic organizer that represents different aspects of a civilization.
Board Game - 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.
Slideshow Presentation - Create a PowerPoint presentation on a topic. It must be at least as good as what you see from me in class!
Textbook Remix - Create a textbook section on a topic from history. Our textbook is terrible so help me make a better one!