History Trading Cards Assignment Definition


World History IIName: _________________________ Ms. Murphy


ABSOLUTE RULER: ___________________________ DUE DATE: ___________________________________ Task:

Your assignment is to create a trading card (i.e. baseball card) for an absolute monarch.

The trading card must include the following information:FRONT:

Picture or drawing of the individual.

Name and/or nickname

(You can create a nickname for your historical figure, for example,Albert “E


MC²” Einstein)

Approximate date of birth and death

Empire with which he/she is associated

(ex. Louis XIV-France)


Evidence that he or she was an absolute ruler. You should answer the followingquestions:


What policies, edicts or laws did your monarch enact?


What were your monarch’s greatest challenges?


What were your monarch’s greatest strengths?


What was life like for his or her subjects?


What were the symbols of his or her power? Art? Architecture? Clothing?


How did your monarch justify his or her power? War? Territorial expansion?


What did your monarch believe that he or she owed to his or her subjects?

Favorite songs (2 total):

Pick a song that shows how the monarch feels about his/herself or his/her role as monarch. Pick a song that shows how the monarch’s subjects feel abouthim/her.


What does your monarch like to do when they are not governing the empire?

Greatest achievement:

What is your monarch’s proudest accomplishment? What would heor she want to be known for accomplishing?FRONT BACK 

STATS-Evidence proving thatyour monarch was anabsolute ruler.-Songs-Hobbies-Greatest achievement




The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept.

These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject.

The save capability gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. Images can be uploaded into the card to give the finished product a complete and polished look.

Cards can be bundled into a single, small collection (8 card maximum) so that students have a way of sort and grouping similar topics in one file. As an example, we have provided a collection of cards about Shakespeare. Feel free to download the .rwt file (right click the link and pick Save As) and upload it into the Trading Card interactive to see how collections can be used in your classroom!

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