To trace the development of Spain into one of Europe’s leading nation-states during the 1500s and 1600s.
1 class period
This lesson includes one of the most popular and fun games I have written for my students. Expect excitement!
Students begin by putting numbers 1 through 9 inside of the nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on the first lesson page. They are instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order.
Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9. Class members put this number in a box to the left of question 1. They then read question 1 and choose which of the two underlined answers is correct. Once an answer is chosen, each student finds the announced number on their game form and writes the answer in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five answers have been filled in on the game form.
When Game 1 is finished, papers are exchanged and correct answers read. Points are scored as follows: 10 points for each correct answer; 10-point bonus for three correct answers in a row –– either across, down, or diagonally. (Note: It is possible to earn two 10-point bonuses by having three right answers in a row in two different directions.)
Play continues in the same way for games 2-5.
Game 1: Charles V
Game 2: Philip II
Game 3: The Spanish Armada
Game 4: 1550 to 1650: Cultural Achievements and Economic Prosperity
Game 5: The Decline of Spanish Power
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.