Your students get to write what could/might have happen with their own views of history IF things turned out different. There are no right answers to these brief clips of history only that it has to be written in correct grammar and in the right length. All else is in your student's head.
My students always loved these types of questions because it made them think and be creative in their own ideas. There is no way that I can tell you what you MIGHT get, only that you will be surprised with each one. American history would never be the same, that's for sure. And one paragraph is NEVER enough, but it does get the students thinking and to me 'that's what history is all about – THINKING about what if….'
I have gotten many many different ideas over the years and I have used many of them to spur of conversations about "what if…" little things had changed in history. People seem to could have made huge differences but so do events, languages, trade, physical features, people, etc.
Most of history could have been changed by one since fact, idea, thought, word, speech, action. I know because I tend to tell many stories – which is what history is all about – the stories - from the Revolutionary War, to the slaves, to the colonists, to George Washington, to Thomas Jefferson, to the British to Hitler to the Russians to the moon to the Civil Rights movement, and on and on and on.
Here is your students chance to 're-write' history as they might envision it. Pick a sheet that fits your students and print enough for you class(s) and learn what history might have been like…..
The Time Continuum could just change is just a heartbeat or a 'factbeat'…….