One of my favorite subjects to teach is Texas History. The kids truly enjoy the history and the stories and people behind it.
I have been using this activity for years during our Native American Unit. The kids will write an essay about building a time machine and traveling back in time to the Native Americans before colonization. They will be charged with the task of helping improve their lives.
It really gets the kids thinking about what it was like living in the past. It also gets them thinking about all the things we have that make our lives easier.
Enjoy your adventure back in time with your students. Be prepared! This assignment can be really challenging, but it can also offer up really creative ideas.