This game is, hands down, my favorite addition to my classroom. What started as a fun, one day review quickly developed into a week long research task that got my students asking obscure questions, making interesting connections, and building historical context for their writing.
And that is why this "game" became so valuable. Teaching students how to build context in their writing has always been (and will probably always be) a challenge. Traditionally, those with richer life experiences have more on which to reference and elaborate. Cards Against History is designed to get students collaboratively researching individuals and events that have impacted society in one of the seven categories provided. The tasks are specific, so students must build solid reasoning with their research; however, the game itself is broad, allowing students to prove that Tupac is just as influential as Nietzsche. By the time students are done researching, sharing, presenting, and playing, they have been exposed to dozens of impactful figures and events throughout history.
Although I designed this resource for my AP Language & Composition class (having broad knowledge for building context is invaluable for Questions 1 & 3), the lessons would work equally well in any history classroom.
In my experience, it has taken students 2 days to complete their research (with many students opting to make extra cards at home), 2 days worth of game play, and 1 day of the "fun" version of the game. The card deck for that can be found here.
Included in this pack:
- Teacher & Student Directions (PDF & Powerpoint)
- Graphic Category Cards for Display
- "White Card" Template & Examples
*I am currently working on an additional card deck that uses the AP Language and Composition prompts in "black card" format. Check back soon!