The bundle contains 17 engaging projects for essential content in American History (Thirteen Colonies through Reconstruction). Students will be creating a brochure, timeline, booklet, mobile, Google Slides/PowerPoint presentation, poster, flipbook, postcard, 3D Cube, mini book, advertisement and a newspaper. The projects require at least one class period to complete and do not require the use of a textbook or teacher preparation. A rubric is included for each project.
I designed the projects for middle school students; however, feel free to modify for upper or lower grades.
**Both PDF and Word Doc versions are included for each project.
Bundle Projects: Religious Groups in Colonial America 3D Cube, Thirteen Colonies Travel Brochure, Causes of the American Revolution Google Slides Presentation, Revolutionary War Poster, Ben Franklin Mini Book, Constitution Booklet, Three Branches of Government Mobile, Bill of Rights Brochure, War of 1812 Presentation, Erie Canal Postcard, Westward Expansion Newspaper, Reform Movements Brochure, Causes of the Civil War Timeline, Civil War Battles Flipbook, Reconstruction Era Timeline, Reconstruction Amendments Advertisement Poster, and a Native American Warriors Poster.
The bundle projects can be uploaded to your personal website or Google Drive; however, please make sure it is password protected.
Religious Groups in Colonial America 3D Cube:
Students will create a 3D cube about the religious groups (Puritans, Pilgrims, Quakers, Huguenots, and Catholics) that emigrated from Europe to Colonial America. I have provided students with 18 questions they will use for research. On five sides of the cube students will include important information about each group, and on the remaining side, they will draw visuals representing the religious groups. I have included kid-friendly websites for research and a cube template.
Thirteen Colonies Travel Brochure:
Students will pretend they are a travel agent working for the Thirteen English Colonies. They will create a travel brochure promoting each region (New England, Middle, and Southern). I have included kid-friendly websites for research.
New England Colonies (Climate, Geography, Religion, Economy)
Middle Colonies (Climate, Geography, Religion, Economy)
Southern Colonies (Climate, Geography, Religion, Economy)
The Great Awakening and Benjamin Franklin (American celebrity)
Daily life in the 13 Colonies (Men, Women, and Children)
Causes of the American Revolution Google Slides Presentation
Students will create a Google Slides presentation of 13 events leading up to the American Revolution. On each slide, students will include a title, date, image, and a summary. I have included guiding questions students will answer in their summaries, and websites students will use to find the information.
The Proclamation of 1763
The Sugar Act
The Quartering Act
The Stamp Act
The Declaratory Act
The Townshend Acts
The Boston Massacre
The Boston Tea Party
The Intolerable Acts
The First Continental Congress
Battle of Lexington and Concord
Revolutionary War Poster Project
Students will create an informative poster about a Revolutionary War hero. Students will create their poster using Google Drawings or on a poster board. I have included guiding questions and websites students will use for research. Student directions are included on how to create a poster in Google Drawings.
Revolutionary War Heroes included:
Marquis de Lafayette
Friedrich von Steuben
Constitution Booklet Project
Students will create an 11-page book explaining why the U.S. Constitution was created and the various parts within the document. On each page, students will include a title, summary, and an organizer or visual. I have included explicit student directions and websites they will use to find the information.
Constitution Book Topics:
Articles of Confederation
Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
Separation of Powers
Checks and Balances
Bill of Rights
Three Branches of Government Mobile
Students will create a mobile about the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the U.S. government. On the mobile, they will be explaining the members, responsibilities, jobs, powers, and how each branch checks the other two branches. Students will work cooperatively in groups of 2 or 3 to complete the mobile project. I have included explicit student directions and examples of how to complete the project. Students will complete an outline graphic organizer before they create the mobile. The project does not require the use of a textbook. I have included 20 research questions and websites they will use to find the information.
Bill of Rights Brochure
Students will create a brochure exhibiting an understanding of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The brochure will include an explanation of each amendment and a visual. I have included step-by-step directions, and websites students will use to find the information.
War of 1812 Presentation Project
Students will use Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint to create an 11-slide presentation of the major events during the War of 1812. On each slide, students will include a title, date, image, and a summary. I have guiding questions for each slide, and website links students will use to find the information.
Events included (Guiding questions and website links for each):
War Hawks (Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun)
William Henry Harrison
Battle of Tippecanoe
Battle of Lake Erie
Francis Scott Key
Burning of the White House (James and Dolly Madison)
Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Treaty of Ghent
Battle of New Orleans
Erie Canal Postcard
Students will pretend they are traveling on the Erie Canal and are sending a postcard to a friend/relative telling them about their experience. Students will create a postcard by drawing a map (link provided to a traceable map) of the Erie Canal on the front of their postcard, and on the back of their postcard, they will write their letter. I have included the important information students need to include on their postcards, and I have provided websites they will use for research.
Students will learn about the following:
Location of the Erie Canal
Lake Erie/Hudson River/Atlantic Ocean connection
Cities along the canal
Reasons the canal was built
Goods transported along the canal
Effects of the canal (New York City becomes a commercial powerhouse)
Dangers traveling the canal
Invention that replaced canals
Westward Expansion Newspaper Project
Students will create a newspaper about the significant events during Westward Expansion (Oregon Trail, Texas Revolution, Mexican-American War, and the Gold Rush). On each page, students will have a headline, summary article, and then they will choose a task (For example- Create an Advertisement, Map, Cartoon, Obituary, Comic Strip, etc.). I have included explicit directions for each page and websites students will use to find the information.
Oregon Trail (Page 1)
Texas Revolution (Page 2)
Mexican-American War (Page 3)
California Gold Rush (Page 4)
Reform Movements Brochure
Students will create a brochure about the reform movements during the 1800s (Second Great Awakening, Temperance, Education, Prison/Asylum, Women’s Rights, and Abolition of Slavery). On each panel, students will include a title, summary (guiding questions included), slogan persuading someone to join the movement, and a visual.
Information students will include in their summaries:
Second Great Awakening
When and where it occurred
Purpose of the movement
Effects of the movement
Leaders of the movement (Women)
Effects of alcohol abuse on society
Effects of the movement
Leader of the movement (Horace Mann)
Causes and effects of the movement
Leader of the movement (Dorothea Dix)
Causes of the movement
Effects of the movement
Cause of the movement
Leaders of the movement (Mott and Stanton)
Seneca Falls Convention
Effects of the movement
Abolition of Slavery
When and where the movement began
Causes of the anti-slavery movement
Methods used to achieve their goal
Leaders of the movement
Causes of the Civil War Timeline
Students will create a Google Slides presentation about the causes of the Civil War. I have included 30 guiding questions and provided websites students will use to find the information.
The Compromise of 1850
The Fugitive Slave Act
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dred Scott v. Sandford
John Brown's Raid
Election of 1860
Civil War Battles Flipbook
Students will create a 10-page digital flipbook explaining the important details and outcome of each major battle during the American Civil War. On each page, students will include a title, date, paragraph summary/outcome, interesting fact, and an image. I have included guiding questions (at least 4 questions for each battle) and websites students will use for research.
Battle of Fort Sumter
First Battle of Bull Run
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Sherman's March to the Sea
Reconstruction Era Timeline
Students will create an annotated timeline of 11 significant events during the Reconstruction Era. Each event must have a title, date, summary, and a visual. I have included guiding questions (2-3 for each event) and website students will use for each event.
Civil Rights Act of 1866
Ku Klux Klan
Military Reconstruction Acts
Andrew Johnson's Impeachment Trial
Ulysses S. Grant's Election
Compromise of 1877
Reconstruction Advertisement Poster
Students will create an advertisement poster informing freed slaves of their newly gained rights in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. I have included 15 questions students will use to complete their poster, and I have included websites they will use for research.
Native American Poster
Students will choose a Native American Warrior (Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, or Crazy Horse) and create a poster using Google Drawings or a traditional poster board. I have included directions on how to create a poster in Google Drawings, and I have provided students with guiding questions they will use for research.