The time to turn in your final history project is fast approaching, and you haven’t started yet. What is your big plan? It’s probably too late to write a long and impressive essay, and you’re probably not too keen on giving a big and boring presentation to your classmates who could probably care less. We’ve got a few project ideas that are sure to blow your teacher away and keep your classmates on the edge of their seats.
Build a 3D map
Even if your knowledge of the area isn’t stellar, your teacher will still be impressed that you took the time and energy to hand-build a 3D map, sometimes known as a Salt Dough Map for your report on France. That may sound daunting, but it isn’t too tricky. All you need to do is draw an outline of your map and follow a few simple instructions. Once your dough has dried enough, you can outline all of the major provinces, cities, or states. Anyone can draw a map, so why not take a little extra time to really go above and beyond.
Create a comprehensive timeline
Any teacher will be thrilled to see a comprehensive timeline that really goes beyond the major events. If possible, try putting this together on a computer. This way, when you present, you will have the built-in ability to include links to photos, videos, or even websites. It’ll be especially notable when you can quickly pull up the link to find inmate photos or play a video relevant to your topic that’ll help you get your point across. Most likely, if you’ve covered it in your history class already, everyone knows the most famous events, so they’ll surely be interested in learning the new, more in-depth details you’ll have provided.
Use unusual mediums
One of the easiest ways to drum up interest in your presentation or project is if it looks a little unusual. Rather than just a drawing or painting a replica, maybe do a little research to see what type of artistic mediums were used by that culture or during that period in time. The closer you can get to authenticity, the better, but don’t be afraid to show off your creative side.
Host an interactive Q&A
If you are reporting on a notable person in history, brush up on some of the basic facts of their life, work, career, or hobbies, make yourself a costume, and transport your teacher and classmates back in time. Get as detailed as you can and bring some props. You may even score a few bonus points if you can really nail their accent! What better way to learn about an individual than hearing it straight from them?
Present day tour
If you’ve chosen to present on a local area or somewhere reasonably close and you have the ability and time to travel to the place you’re reporting on, it would undoubtedly be fascinating to see the ways it has changed throughout the years. Take some of the photos shown in class or found in your history book and take a picture of that same location today. What has changed? Is it still there? Has anything significant taken place since those photos were taken? Make a note of these instances, and be sure to keep your hard work safe in one of your custom binders. These can include customized prints and logos to take your presentation to the next level.
Hopefully, one of these ideas will inspire you to create an awesome project your teacher will love, and if they do, don’t be afraid to put your own creative spin on it.