It is good to give kids choice and to mix things up in class. I sometimes allow my students to create "sketch notes" on particular topics. Sketch notes is when students draw out their thinking. Some students love it, some hate it (because it takes a lot of effort and creativity). Here are some examples of what my 7th Graders produced on Roman Achievements.
Check some of these sites to learn more about Sketch Notes:
2. 6 Ways to get started with Sketch Notes
3. WONDERFUL presentation about Sketch Notes
Below are some wonderful samples I found on Google Images.