What could be an assignment for a 9th grade U.S. history course 1789-1918 which would require each student to do a short oral report and a short paper?
I read about a teacher that did a "constitutional minute" which gave me the general idea, perhaps a biography theme would be the most user friendly
Perhaps you could select topics relative to the War of 1812. With such an interesting figure as Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans and the famous ship "Old Ironsides," there is much that might intrigue students. [Recently in the news, in Boston the USS Constitution is going to set sail again to commemorate its defeat of the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812--see the link below]
In addition, this "Second War of Independence" links some of the Colonial feelings and ideas to the conflicts of 1812-1815. Of course, the Battle of New Orleans launched General Andrew Jackson as a hero, propelling him to the Presidency. Therefore, since there are several aspects of this war that can be examined, varied assignments seem possible, such as a report on individual battles, etc. New Orleans remains an interesting city, of course, so the Battle of New Orleans with Andrew Jackson would seem to be a viable option, along with the Battle of Horseshoe Bend with Sam Houston, and the history of the famous ship that yet exists.[There is a book written about the Battle at Horseshoe Bend--see another link below]