Our Social Studies book organizes each civilization pretty much the same. For every civilization there is a section about their achievements. Sometimes the same old graphic organizer doesn't have the space they need, and outlining takes up a lot of room. The students and I came up with these simple rectangles. They get cut out, folded and after their notes are taken, glued down. And all within one page of their notebooks. On the outside, they draw a picture (of course), then on the inside, they write down bullet points.
These were our notes for Ancient Chinese Achievements. To save time and my sanity, I just create a table in Microsoft Word with two columns. The kids cut them out as they go. Just one more way to keep the same old topic a little more interesting!