Creative Ranking is a personal assignment where students are given a list of terms from the topic that they will so be introduced to, and asked to list them based on a given scale. Each student completes their rankings individually, and can use it as a discussion tool for the topic itself. The assignment is not meant to be graded based on the ranking itself, but rather allowed to act as a primer.
My personal usage of this has been with the Urbanization unit, listing the following problems urbanization brought about, and asking students to list in order of severity from most to least.
Poor Housing Conditions
Poor Worker Safety
Lack of Public Sanitation
Discussing the students’ lists allowed for an easy way to introduce them to the causes and consequences of these problems within the unit itself.