How does Donald Trump compare to Kim Jong-Un?
Should we be worried about North Korea?
Or how about Queen Victoria and JFK?
Who exactly are Rex Tillerson and Mike Pence?
This versatile set of 32 biography cards can be used in numerous ways.
Firstly, they will test your students’ in their Common Core reading skills.
Secondly, they will enable them to structure and write biographies of their own.
Thirdly, they provide a platform for you as a teacher to critically evaluate your students’ writing with feedback which they will find engaging; encouraging them to write to their very best ability.
Fourthly, they provide an insight into Donald Trump’s top team; US presidents of the past; prominent world leaders of today; and influential leaders through history.
Fifthly, as a game, this will be a tremendous amount of fun!
THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS ARE SPLIT INTO FOUR SECTIONS:
Trump's Team Trump, Preibus, Spicer, Devos, Conway, Tillerson, Pence, Mattis.
US Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Kennedy, Nixon, Lincoln, Roosevelt.
World Leaders 2017 May, Nieto, Netanyahu, Putin, Trudeau, Merkel, Jong-un, Rouhani
World Leaders 2017 Mandela, Malala, Mother Teresa, Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, Peron.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HOW THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS CAN BE USED:
Each biography comes with three questions.
RETRIEVE: Students will find this answer in the text.
REVIEW: They will need to use summarising skills to answer the questions. Answers can be quoted from the text. The question will make this clear.
RESEARCH: Students can use the internet to answer a question. The information cannot be found within the text.
Compare and contrast
Students can take any two cards. Their task is to find three differences and three similarities about the characters they have chosen.
Highlight the text
Referring to the scores under each image, students can color code the text that applies to each category with a highlighter or colored crayon.
Change the scores
Your students may disagree with the score their character has been given. Allow them to discuss and debate this in class, or with a group. They can then create their own scores in the ‘Write your own scores’ section.
They can also color code, as on the previous activity.
Write your own biographies
Ask your students to look at the biographies. What features do they notice? They will hopefully point out that they are written in past tense and third person; chronological order; and summarise major events in a person’s life, often with years.
Provide them with a blank template and ask them to complete the biography using the ones they have studied. Ask them to find out relevant information from secondary sources, such as the internet or in books.
You can provide feedback to your students on their completed biographies. Give them a mark out of 10 for spelling; punctuation; vocabulary; and sentences.
Add a comment underneath if you wish.
This will really help your students engage with the written task – especially if you allow them to play ‘Top Trumps’ with their cards, based on the scores you have given them!
Have we missed anyone?
When compiling a list of biographies, it’s inevitable that there will be some people who you think should be on the list.
No problem! With this completely blank template, you can add anyone else to your Top Trumps collection.
Once you have finished the work, it’s time to get down to serious business – a fantastic game of Top Trumps.
Cards can be laminated and dealt out to the class, perhaps in table groups.
The first person chooses a category, and reads the score for that category from the first card on their pile. If it is a higher number than that on anyone else’s first card, they win the other cards. If not, they give their card up and play passes on to the player that won. In the event of both scores being the same, another category is chosen.
The winner is the player who collects all of the cards.
That’s Top Trumps!