As a long-time middle school history/art teacher I have always been looking for something that will make facts/stories-features and people get burned into my kids noggins and as also an art teacher, I created a few new and interesting ways to get my kids to 'think' for a change, to tell/show me THEIR story/illustration in a slightly different way. Here is an END-OF-YEAR, MIDDLE-OF-THE-YEAR, ANYTIME-OF-THE-YEAR way to get them to re-dreg up what they have learned throughout the year, chapter, units and make them relate to them as distinct items and in distinct eras.
My magazines covers lets students create other historical/artistic ideas not in the text BUT SHOULD MIGHT BE. It may be about Jean Lafitte's brother, or one of Huey Long's sisters, or may Andrew Jackson's wife; George Washington's officers, King Tut's reign, an artist or photographer or chef, but these covers ask students to tell/show me what they learned this year and draw it here on these HISTORY/ART 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 in the school year.