After reading about their topics, students completed activities related to dictionary and indexing skills before a note taking activity to gather information to persuade readers about their horrible topics. (You can find many of the activities HERE from Library Sparks.)
Finally, students put all of their information into a board game for others to play. The end result was a voting activity to determine just exactly what was the worst thing students wouldn't want to be.
And the winner? Out of all sections, the worst thing to be was. . . a Roman gladiator!