Here's an idea for an end-of-the year world history project.
In Virginia, we still have several weeks of school after the AP tests and the end of the year state tests.
The project is based on Dan Cruickshank's BBC documentary, Around the World in 80 Treasures. Students have to find 13 objects that represent the time periods of history that we have studied, the six themes of history, and the different regions. So each object must represent a time period, a theme, and a region. Here's a link to the the World 9 assignment and here's a link to the World 10 assignment.
I usually show the kids one or two clips from the video to show them how the objects can tell a story. And there is also the great book, A History of the World in 100 Objects.
Here's part two from the series, from Turkey to Germany.