To review the way in which various people have influenced the course of recent American history.
1 class period
This lesson includes a unique and enjoyable game to play with the students. It provides a fun way to learn about key people in the post-World War II era of American history.
The class is divided into two teams. A person from Team 1 is asked to pick a category –– PRESIDENTS, FAMOUS FOREIGNERS, WOMEN, MINORITIES, or THE 50s AND 60s –– and a point value, either 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50. For example, someone might choose “PRESIDENTS for 30.” When a category and point value are selected, students will find the corresponding paragraph on the lesson pages. Class members then read the “PRESIDENTS for 30” paragraph and try to identify which "newsmaker" from the list on the first page of the lesson is being described. After reading the paragraph, students must put their papers face down underneath their desks.
As the teacher, you will now make up a question (one that is appropriate for the ability level of your students) using information from the “PRESIDENTS for 30” paragraph. The first person on either team to raise their hand will be called on. If their answer to the teacher's question is correct, their team scores 30 points. If the same student can also identify the newsmaker being described, the points scored are doubled. When a wrong answer is given to the teacher’s question, or if the person called on does not answer immediately, the other team is given the same question.
When a newsmaker is correctly identified, students write their name in a space provided below the description. When someone fails to identify the newsmaker, the other team will have a chance to name the person and score 30 points.
A student who correctly identifies the newsmaker will pick the next category and point value. During the game, the same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team.
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.