As a long-time middle school history teacher I have always been looking for something that will make facts/stories get burned into my kids noggins and but also an art teacher, I created a few new and interesting ways to get my kids to 'think' for a change, to tell me THEIR story in a slightly different way. Here is an END-OF-YEAR, MIDDLE-OF-THE-YEAR, WHENEVER-TIME way to get them to re-dreg up what they have learned throughout the year, chapter, and unit and make them relate to them as distinct items and in distinct eras.
My magazines covers lets students create other county or historical figures or landmarks or ERAs generally not in the text BUT SHOULD MIGHT BE. It may be about George Washington, or one of Huey Long's family members, or may be Andrew Jackson's wife; U.S. Grant's officers, King Tut's reign, but these covers ask students to tell me what they learned this year and draw it here on these COUNTY/HISTORY covers.
These magazine covers are just another way to get students talking, thinking, and letting you know just how much they have learned throughout this book/chapter/lesson/unit.
Enjoy these. Have fun. Be creative. And just 'let go' for it once this school year.