My first impulse was to create 'something' my student could use to tell anything about some of the ethnic groups in Louisiana history but that fizzled out as more and more people became Louisiana citizens in recent years. First, there were Mexicans, then Vietnamese, then Chinese, then Japanese then…. The list kept growing and I had to have something that coved all out them. So I came up with a 'generic' pennant that would cover any historical person my students wanted to do from early Native Americans, to French, to Spanish, to Acadian, to Creole, to African-American, to free people of color, to Irish, to German, to Canary Islander, to Isleños, to…there are just to many to name.
But this simple form gave my students a chance to do anyone they could find, research, or name. It became one of our favorite projects with little work on their part and easy to grade. My room became a haven of pennants from year to year and every year I had almost none alike.
The projects became for historical people, to newsworthy current citizens to relatives. All were fun to learn about and our classes much more interesting.