I used to plays 'Battle' with a friend while we sat on the front driveway or porch when I was a kid. We would play for hours and we simply would play with old cards my dad had stuck in a drawer in the kitchen. As I grew up, I forgot about those fun years until….
After I began teaching middle school, I began to think back on what I did as a young teenager and my years of playing 'Battle' began to flood back. But I wondered how I could make the game relevant to what I was teaching and "Historical Battle" began.
After years of trial and practice, the purpose became clear. It made my students better and more knowledgeable about the people who are Louisianans and when they were born/what era they were from
Sure, it's not every historical figure but there are 135 cards covering explorers, to governors to actors to writers to Civil Rights to women to athletes to musicians to more and more. They each have their birth date on them which is how you do "battle" – the more recent wins.
Printing & Playing
All cards in this game contain only one birthdate. This offers great practice to get students really comfortable with the basic figures and their era. There are a lot of benefits to this format.
Once you have chosen the set(s) of cards, print one per pair of students (preferably on cardstock) then laminate them (for long term re-use use) cut them apart, and keep them in a ZipLock bag. You can split the cards into different 'sets' if you need to – all cards are different.
You can print the game instructions separately.