The zip file includes a PDF that's ready to go, and a Word document that you can customize.
The editable version could be used for numerous applications. Change the title and the headings to have your students write about Colonial America or Westward Expansion. Students could do research and tie this in to a biography study. It is also an interesting differentiation option for top students who need an extension project.
The ready-to-go (PDF) creative writing assignment allows students to use information learned about the culture of the Maya (which aligns with Ohio's New Learning Standards for 5th grade social studies). Use as is, or alter the Word version . Maybe you want your students to include a "Farm Report" or "Eye on the Sky" instead of "Technology Tidbits", or maybe you'd rather they had a section entitled "New Law Enacted" instead of "New Building Goes Up". Change this to make it fit your needs.