This activity is for middle school or high school history students. The purpose of this activity is to assess students’ research skills as well as creativity and critical thinking.
The activity asks students to choose a historical figure to create their own book about on Book Creator. Students are given a list of possible historical figures but are encouraged to pick their own if they desire to present a book on someone not listed. Giving students room to choose their own historical figure allows students to explore what people in history interest them, but having a set list allows for some students who may not be comfortable looking for someone on their own, to have options to explore.
The assignment asks students to critically engage with different sources they come across in their research, and the final section of the project asks students to think about the historical figure and share their own perception of the figure.
The book I created in Book Creator is meant to be a guide for students on their projects. It includes information on citations, research, and the requirements for the student to follow with their own books. This is a source that students can continue to go back to as they work on their projects. Check it out below: