In Washington State, fourth graders study state history. I supplemented our ancient text books with some writing projects and simulations. This is a picture of our settlement that we created on the back wall of our classroom. Each student was assigned a plot of land in the bulletin board settlement. Then they created a character and a business that was typical of life before Washington became a state in 1889.
The printable shown above is a graphic organizer where students can create a character and consider what life was like for that character. Students wrote journal entries for their character using the information we studied in class.
To download this form and learn more about this lesson, please visit this post at Artistry of Education.