I have gleaned many good ideas from fantastic educators in my Twitter professional learning network. John Hardison, a friend of mine, inspired me to assign my students to produce an impromptu wax museum. While John uses this assessment activity with his high school English class, I chose to use it with my 6th grade Social Studies students. Happily, it worked with equal success in both classrooms.
Assessment like this is something I can look forward to grading!