These cards can be used SO MANY WAYS! Their purpose is to help get students into historical character. Making history “personal” for students really helps them understand what life was like in previous times not only environmentally, socially, and economically, but also reveals the humanity of events and dates.
Often my students feel differently about aspects we have discussed previously because suddenly it became real in the simulation. THEY were the ones sick, THEY were the plantation owner who might lose money if the crop failed, etc.
This particular set of character cards are all interconnected. After students read their character background story, the card shares with them what they are doing TODAY.
The underlined part of each card tells them what to do, whether to find the shoemaker, meet the governor, or to “Continue their work” to which they should stay at their seat and act out their profession so others can locate them. Because of the character connections, it is important to make sure the cards you had out to your students match up. Otherwise, you may end up with people not finding their pair.
For example, there are 30 cards, but if you only have 23 students in your classroom, you will need to pull out the cards that match up for 23 students. If there is an uneven amount of students, grab a card yourself and join in on the fun!
If you enjoyed these, check out my Renaissance Character Cards!