This is a great activity for any age. I have it set up for elementary, but could be used in upper grades. The student is asked to write an essay about a unique/important place in their state. The essay consists of giving some historical value and current value to the place and reasons why it is important to the state. This packet just gives a graphic organizer to get the students started. I also included a parent letter if you would like the parents. I asked the parents to give 5 places they think are important and why. This gave the students more choices before they started their essay.