This is a two-day civics project where students research and create a PowerPoint about a historical president fulfilling various roles such as Commander in Chief, Chief Executive, Chief Legislator, and Economic Leader. Students grade their assigned president on a scale from A to F based on his performance in these roles. When I use this lesson in my Political Science Classes, I assign groups of four with each student responsible for one of the four roles; I then have students present their finished products as a group.
There is a checklist and a Self-Assessment rubric included that I let students use to check off tasks and expectations as they complete them as well as give themselves a grade based on their participation, quality of work, creativity, and presentation.
This lesson is easily adaptable for different class sizes, topics, and research assignments. It works great for groupwork, student involvement, and student self-assessment.