To understand how events in North America affected peoples in other parts of the world.
1 class period
This lesson includes a fun and competitive game for the entire class.
Prior to use, the teacher goes through each section in the reading and underlines the people, places, and terms that will be the “blanks” during the game. It works well to have about 10 blanks in each of the three sections.
• The French and Indian War
• Causes of the Revolutionary War
• The Revolutionary War Begins
Two students are chosen to assist the teacher during the game. One will call on the first person to raise their hand with an answer. The other keeps score on the board.
Class members start by reading the French and Indian War section. When finished, papers are turned face down.
Now, the teacher begins reading aloud the same paragraphs on the French and Indian War. At a certain point, the word “blank” is said instead of the person, place, or term that actually belongs in the story. If a member of class thinks they can identify the missing information, they raise their hand. The first person to do so is called on. If their answer is correct, their name is written on the board with a “+1” after it. If the answer is incorrect, or the person does not answer immediately when called upon, their name will be put on the board with a “-1” next to it. Whenever a player gets a second “-1,” they cannot answer again during the rest of the period.
Once the teacher has finished reading the story about the French and Indian War, play continues in the same way with the other two sections.
The five class members with the most points at the end of the period win the game.
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.