This activity is for after reading Johnny Tremain and Witch of Blackbird Pond. I usually have 1/2 the class read one book and 1/2 the class read the other. Afterward, I have them form groups with a representative from each book in the group: these groups work together to create a new colony based upon what did and did not work in the original novels.
This is an EXCELLENT interdisciplinary unit for 8th grade English/8th Grade US History.
I have two rubrics that go with this project listed separately.