THE MIND MAZE:
Historical Scenarios and situations for Middle, High and College Students
Let your students' minds do the walking, as they figure out plans of action through history! This activity includes 102 detailed historical scenarios and situations relevant to middle. I have used this in conjunction with teaching World and U.S. history the first 50 scenarios and situations deal with World History and the remainder focus on U.S. History. They are also appropriate as an introduction to moral and philosophical discussions. You can adapt this to your teaching style and lesson plans. This cross-functional activity incorporates practical skills for logical decision making, strategies for problem-solving in addition to memory improvement and enhancement.
There are several methods that can be used for each scenario or situation dependant upon the subject area that you are covering.
Write the scenario on a smart board or overhead projector and allow students to answer on an individual basis. Allow 10-15 minutes of discussion.
For a longer class activity divide students into groups. Each team is assigned the same scenario and is responsible for coming up with a workable solution to a situation or scenario. A group leader or representative will present to the class their groups unanimously agreed upon solution or response. Class discussion c will ensue as other groups have the opportunity to weigh in. Group work must be carefully monitored and each team should consist of 3-4 members.
A scenarios or situation can be used as a long-term assignment. For example, if your lesson focuses on a historical figure like George Washington, have individual students research different aspects of his life and career and use the scenario or situation where it is relevant.