After the students have learned what constitutes a civilization they get the opportunity to create their own! This download includes an introductory sheet explaining the project and a detailed rubric. How the students choose to show their final project is entirely up to them - they can create a PowerPoint, build a model, dress up in costume and tell the class about it, build a Minecraft civilization and film a walkthrough tour... the more creative the better! Every year this has been the overall favorite project of 6th grade.
This project can be done individually on the student's own time, worked on in class, or be done as a group project. Done individually entirely on their own time, I give my students 3 weeks.