To become familiar with the life of Nelson Mandela and the times in which he lived in South Africa.
1 class period
The lesson begins by reading a brief introductory paragraph about Nelson Mandela's efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.
Next, students participate in a contest during which they read through a series of paragraphs on the life of Nelson Mandela. While doing so, they must decide which choices in parentheses best complete the sentences. Class members with the most correct answers win the contest. Later in the period, students can exchange and correct papers. The people with the most correct answers win the contest.
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.