CYOA Assignments

Below you will find links to and descriptions of all the assignments for Choose Your Own Adventure. Click on the individual assignment links to get the full instructions and printable worksheets.
The assignments are divided into three categories based on what skills you will use to complete them.
Thank you Mr. Roughton

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Cover sheets for CYOA
Fall of Rome CYOA 
Islamic World CYOA
Africa CYOA
China/ Japan CYOA
Middle Ages CYOA
Renaissance CYOA
3R's CYOA 
Age of Exploration/ Latin America CYOA
Maya/ Aztec CYOA

Detective: A detective closely examines historical facts and puts them together in many forms. They work with charts to represent information clearly and logically. They enjoy answering questions and finding details.

Artist: An artist focuses on pictures to learn about the past. They produce drawings and crafts to present information to others in unique ways. They enjoy creating work that shows off their skill and talent.

Profiler: A profiler is mostly interested in people and how they think. They like to imagine themselves in historical situations and write about how they would have reacted. They usually present their findings through short writings.

50 XP Assignments 
20-30 min to complete

Name

Type

Description

Acrostic Poem

PROFILER

A word from the unit is written vertically and then each letter is used to start each line of a descriptive poem.

Advertisement

PAINTER

Create a print advertisement for an invention from the given civilization.

Advice Letter

PROFILER

Write a letter to a historical figure giving him or her advice on a problem.

Be the Thing

PROFILER

Write a short explanation of the life experience of a particular object from history like Da Vinci's first paintbrush.

Bio-Poem

PROFILER

Complete a poem with a pre-made layout about a specific person or group in history.

Bumper Sticker

ARTIST

Create a witty bumper sticker about a specific topic. Recommended only for highly creative students.

Cause and Effect Chain

DETECTIVE

Describe two causes and two effects for a given historical event.

Caution Sign

PAINTER

Create a caution sign warning people about something dangerous from a civilization.

Count Down

DETECTIVE

Complete a 5-stage graphic organizer including key terms, review questions and a symbol.

Creative Line Art

1 2 3

PAINTER

Using a picture with random shapes and scribbles create a scene from or representing the current unit.

Daily Planner

PROFILER

Write out the daily schedule for someone living in an ancient civilization.

Gravestone

DETECTIVE

Design the epitaph and gravestone for a famous figure. May require outside research.

Game On

PROFILER

Design a game that could be played in a civilization we've studied. Consider the impact of their geography and culture.

In “N’ Out

DETECTIVE

Complete a graphic organizer highlighting the influences and contributions of a civilization or person.

Judgment

PROFILER

Create a T-chart to determine if a historical figure was a good or bad person.

Neo Venn Diagram

PROFILER

Like a Venn Diagram only less reliant on drawing properly sized circles (which I can't do...)

Picture Analysis

PROFILER

Answer a series of thought-provoking analysis questions about a photograph or piece of art.

Picture Frame

PAINTER

Design a graphic organizer in the shape of a picture frame about a historical figure.

Postcard from the Past

PAINTER

Make a postcard as if you were visiting an ancient civilization.

Report Card


DETECTIVE

 

Gives grades to a historical figure in categories assigned by your teacher.

Soaps

DETECTIVE

Create a simple chart to help you understand a primary source.

Top Ten

DETECTIVE

Create a top ten list of contributions and achievements from a civilization.

TxT MSG SMRE

PROFILER

Write a summary of a historical event in the form of a text message to a friend.

Venn Diagram

DETECTIVE

Complete a Venn Diagram (kinda...) to compare and contract two historical figures, events or civilizations.

Wanted Poster

PAINTER

Create a wanted (or hero) poster for a person from history.

100 XP Assignments
45 minutes to complete


Name

Type

Description

Annotated Illustration

PAINTER

Students draw a full-page picture of a historical object or location and write 6 captions to describe it.

Bracketology

DETECTIVE

A chart set up like a tournament bracket where students "battle" terms from the unit against each other.

Bio Box

PROFILER

A 3-D graphic organizer that highlights the key characteristics and events of a person's life.

Brain Chain

DETECTIVE

List 10 important people, events, concepts, etc. and 5 generic history terms then create conceptual links between them in a graphic organizer.

Character Clash

PROFILER

Complete two bio-poems side to side to highlight the similarties and differences between two historical figures or groups.

Circle Summary

DETECTIVE

Complete a graphic organizer as a history unit summary. Requires the unit to be broken down into 5 parts to work as shown here.

Comic Strip

PAINTER

Create a 3-5 panel comic strip showing an event from a historical perspective.

Create a Super Hero

PAINTER

Design a super hero based around a civilization or historical era. Give him or her powers, a motto, a sidekick and a weakness.

Dear Diary

PROFILER

Write a series of diary entries as if you were a person in history truly experiencing a historical event.

Flash Cards

DETECTIVE

Create flash cards for 4 key terms from the unit.

Illustrated Map

PAINTER

Draw a map and add captions or small pictures to bring the map to life.

Illustrated Timeline

PAINTER

Draw a timeline and add captions or small pictures to bring it to life.

Instant Message

PROFILER

Create an instant message conversation between two historical figures about a historic event.

Introduction Speech

PROFILER

Write and recite an introductory speech for a historical figure. May require outside research.

Invitation

PAINTER

Create an invitation (the who, what, when, where, what to bring, etc.) to a historical event we studied in the unit.

Legal Brief

DETECTIVE

Write a legal defense for a historical figure who may have committed a crime.

Mannequin

PAINTER

Draw the clothing a historical figure would likely wear and describe some of his/her inner thoughts and feelings.

Personal Pyramid

PAINTER

Create a 3-D monument to memorialize a person from history.

Perspective

PROFILER

Imagine how a historical figure would view modern inventions and ideas.

Question for Knowledge

DETECTIVE

A series of activities to help get the most information possible out of a section of reading in the textbook.

Recipe for a Civilization

DETECTIVE

Write a recipe with a list of ingredients it would take to create a given civilization. This definitely requires abstract thinking.

Remote Control

PROFILER

Create a television channel line-up based on a recent unit. Decide what shows would on to match up to the culture.

Song Rewrite

PROFILER

Rewrite the lyrics to a song to make it about a historical period.

Time Machine

PROFILER

Transport yourself back in time and figure out what would happen to someone your age and gender in a given civilization.

Trading Cards

PAINTER

Create three trading cards for people, events or objects from a given unit. The cards each include basic information and a "relevance rating." Try to collect them all!

Worlds Collide

PAINTER

Draw pictures contrasting key points of two civilizations.
























200 XP Assignments
90 minutes to complete

Name

Type

Description

Civilization in a Bag

DETECTIVE

Find 5 modern items that represent different aspects of a civilization and use them to report on the civilization.

Create a Crossword

DETECTIVE

Make your own crossword puzzle using terms from the current unit.

Deadliest Warrior

DETECTIVE

Research information on the warriors of two civilizations and then simulate a battle between them.

History

PROFILER

Write a creative fictional story using key terms and figures from the unit.

IHistory

DETECTIVE

Imagine what personal information would be included in a historical figures apps.

Letters Home

PROFILER

Write a series of letters home as if you were traveling on a long journey.

Magazine Cover

PAINTER

Design a one-page magazine cover for a given section of the textbook.

Movie Madness

PAINTER

Use art and writing to recreate a given unit as a movie. Includes designing a movie poster and writing a movie review.

Paper Bag Puppet

PROFILER

Create a puppet of a historical figure along with a list of statements that person might say.

Picture Book

PAINTER

Create a children's book about a given topic.

Play

PROFILER

Write and perform a short play about a historical event. Completed in pairs or small groups.

Pop Culture

PAINTER

Create a "pop-up" 3D display of the key aspects of a culture.

Social Network

PROFILER

Create a social network page for a historical figure

Story Board

PAINTER

Create a storyboard layout for a movie based on a historical event.

Travel Brochure

DETECTIVE

Create a six-panel foldout brochure that highlights the history, hot spots, and accommodations of a civilization. You also get to design an amusement park!

Web Page

DETECTIVE

Create the layout for a web page about a specific topic from the unit.

What If?

Fracture

DETECTIVE

Flip the script on an event in history. Change one major detail from the event then speculate how this would have changed the outcome. Show your results in a recreated textbook page.



400 XP Assignments

All 40 point assignments require significant work outside of class and take up to 4+ hours to complete.

Name

Type

Description

A-Z Book

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Working with a partner a picture for 26 key terms each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. If you ask nicely I might let you skip 2 of the tougher terms.

Bloom Ball

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Create a soccer ball shape graphic organizer that represents different aspects of a civilization

Board Game

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Create a board game using historical information be creative and follow directions carefully

     Model    

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Write a report on and build a model of a historical object or location.

Newscast

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Working with a group of 3-4 students film a short newscast about a historical event.

Newspaper

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Working with a partner create a newspaper with sports reports, comic strips, ads and other articles about a civilization.

Mind Map

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Create a large word cluster using terms from the unit. Then write sentences explaining how the words are connected. It is basically a very large Brain Chain.

Slideshow Presentation

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Create a Power Point presentation on a topic. It must be at least as good as what you see from me in class.

Textbook Remix

PROFILER
DETECTIVE
PAINTER

Create a textbook section on a topic from history. Our textbook is in need of some reworking I need your help to make a better one.