I call these performance tasks Choose Your Own Adventures - or CYOAs!
In order for students to capitalize on their multiple intelligences, review what they have learned, and submit an assignment in for teacher assessment, students complete these CYOAs periodically throughout a unit. They have three options to choose from to complete a product that will answer the CYOA question - an essential question from the unit content.
This CYOA package include three assessment activities and all supplemental instructions for the study of the Wild, Wild West (western expansion post-Civil War)
Task 1: Surviving the Great Plains - How did sodbusters innovate and invent in order to overcome the obstacles and hardships of living on the Great Plains?
Task 2: Life in the West - How did the growth of the cattle, farming, and mining industries affect the United States economically AND socially?
Task 3: Legacy of the Indian Wars - How did the U.S. government handle conflict with American Indians?