For years I have been having my own students create something that would interest them in the subject at hand. It never mattered if it was Louisiana history, U.S. history, World history, English grammar, reading, art, an y subject I was asked to teach that particular year. I used this or some other form just to get my students involved. It always worked.
Just maybe it will work for yours. It does not matter if it is the first of the year, middle, or end of the years. Have fun.
"laissez les bons temps rouler"