This is a middle school exercise I developed and tested this spring in which students, after reading about the fall of Rome in their textbooks, are asked to think about where they'd settle if they were fleeing Rome in 476, A.D. The idea for this grew out of a question posed to me when I was in school in the 1970s by one of my social studies teachers as part of a year-end lesson on the fall of Rome. This lesson combines 'the five themes of geography' with some historical thinking and asks students to identify a location, justify their choice, and plan for how to get there.
I welcome constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Thank you for giving this exercise a test drive. I hope that you and your students enjoy it.
Common Core standards for history and geography are listed for your use.