This is a fabulous way to end the year in your U.S. History classroom. Students recall what they have learned this year by creating a children's book of American History. For each letter of the alphabet, they come up with a person, place, event, or vocabulary word that applies to what they learned in your class. For example, A is for Abraham Lincoln. Then they create a sentence describing how this word is important to American History. Finally, they draw (or print) a picture relating to the word and decorate the page.
The completed book shows mastery of your content as well as possibly providing material for elementary classrooms in your district. Students are very excited to know these books will be used by younger students.
Included in the zip file are two files. The first is a set of directions, template, and peer review activity. This is scaffolded for all levels of learners. There is an included examples page that you can give to your struggling learners as a menu of words to choose from. The template can also be provided to edit on the computer if you choose to do so. Finally, there is a "prep" page I give to my students so they can make notes on their word choices and importance prior to creating the booklet. You can use this to check their work before they begin their booklets.