Combine ELA with Social Studies! This project + rubric is a fun and creative way for students to show their understanding of the regions of the United States. Developed for the Midwest region, the Word document can easily be edited to fit any region of your choosing. In the project, students will create a story that is set in the region of choice. They must interweave facts about that region into their story. For my class, we ended up laminating and binding the books but you can take that part out of the instructions if you are just going to staple them together. A great alternative to another boring multiple choice test!