This projects has students create a 3 ply academic poster relating to the Asian History from 500 to 1650 unit. It comes with a description of the project, topics for the students to chose from, a grading rubric for you, and a grading rubric for the students to use on Poster Presentation Day. When the project is due I have half the class put up their poster and the other half go around the room asking their classmates questions like, "What is your thesis?" After half the class goes by, they groups switch. Usually students have to grade 5 boards. The smaller, shorter presentations are great at building a class community and teaching communication skills. 3 ply boards are at most dollar stores!
I also explain to my students that it is like an essay in bullet point form. This helps a lot of them visualize what they have to do.