To understand why gun control has long been a controversial issue in the United States.
1 class period
This lesson includes one of the most popular and fun games I have ever written for my students. There are actually four short games all in the same format. Expect excitement!
Students begin by putting numbers 1 through 9 inside of the nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on page 92C. They are instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order.
Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9. Class members put this number in the box next to question 1. They then read question 1 and choose which of the two underlined answers is correct. Once an answer is chosen, each student finds the announced number on their game form and writes the answer in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five answers have been filled in on the game form.
When Game 1 is finished, papers are exchanged and correct answers read. Points are scored as follows: 10 points for each correct answer; 10-point bonus for three correct answers in a row –– either across, down, or diagonally. (Note: It is possible to earn two 10-point bonuses by having three right answers in a row in two different directions.)
Play continues in the same way for Games 2-4. Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.
After all four games have been played, students will answer a Thought Question about gun control. This helps develop critical thinking skills.
Teacher Instructions are 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 later on as a review exercise.