In a Breakout room, people are locked in a room, and need to solve a set of riddles/clues in order to discover the key to leave the room. Since we can't lock students into classrooms in America, we Break IN instead. Solve a set of riddles in order to break in to a locked box in the room. These riddles are vocabulary intensive, and will expose students to the basic information surrounding 8 different types of governments of the last 300 years: Absolute Monarchy, Communism, Democracy, Dictatorship, Fascism, Parliamentary System, Republic, and Theocracy. The riddles encourage students to think in an abstract manner about the things they have learned in class, which also lead to deeper understanding and better connections. This assignment is differentiated learning at its finest and plays on student's natural competitive natures.
This break in includes 15 riddles, and 15 follow up DBQ type questions. You'll never see students so engaged in reading Montesquieu, Marx, and de Tocqueville's political philosophies. Also includes a research question or two, and political cartoon/image interpretation questions.
This break-in focuses on the particular aspects of each type of government. This break in includes:
*Detailed directions on how to use a Break-In.
*The link to a public google form that students can use to play the game
*A graphic organizer helpful in organizing the key ideas
*An answer key.
*8 color anchor charts which can be printed and posted in your room for this activity.
What else is nice about a break-in you may ask? Break in's work best when students solve the problems themselves, which means that your students learn with minimal teacher intervention.
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Please note: This activity runs through a google form, so it is important that you make sure your students will have internet access.