To trace the history of Latin America from colonial times through the early national period.
1 class period
This lesson involves the class in a game that is played using a series of 26 statements that tell about the struggle for freedom and the problems faced by Latin Americans after gaining independence. The statements are arranged into the following sections.
• Independence Movements
• The New Nations of Latin America
• Latin America in the Age of Imperialism
Students are divided into two teams. Play begins when someone from Team 1 reads the first sentence. If that person can correctly identify the missing word or name, their team scores 20 points. The harder the question, the more points it is worth (20, 30, 40, or 50).
Teams take turns answering questions. When a question is missed, the other team has a chance to answer. If neither team has given the right answer after two tries each, the teacher announces the missing word or name. The same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team, and team members cannot talk over possible answers.
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.