Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own - civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley - and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.
I use this book to introduce my unit on Ancient Civilizations. We teach about Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and the Empire of Mali. After I read the book I introduce the project and give students time to brainstorm ideas for their civilization. Then I give each student a 12x18 inch sheet of white construction paper and students fold it into a large brochure. The project consists of students creating a brochure about the civilization that they created. Click on the picture below to download the project with rubric.