After learning about the Civil War, students make a culminating project using their music skills. They create a song, poem or rap about the Civil War! They must include information to show their knowledge and enhance the meaning of their project. (See rubric) I have them work in pairs to do this :)
I always get some REALLY good songs and they definitely understand the Civil War more.
See "Abolitionist Newspaper" by The Vibrant Sound for an example of a "history enriched" song