To trace the development of Spain into one of Europe’s leading nation-states during the 1500s and 1600s.
1 class period
Important events that occurred while Henry IV, Louis XIII, and Louis XIV ruled France are described in 35 sentences on the lesson pages. Some sentences contain correct information. Others say things that are not true.
At one time during the 1500s, various groups competed for power and the right to rule France. In the same way, class members will compete in a fun game to gain control of the French throne. The class is divided into five teams. Play begins when Team 1 reads the first statement and guesses whether it is true or false. If their answer is correct, Team 1 scores 10 points and all class members will fill in the space with either true or the answer which makes a false statement true. The teacher provides the correct information (included in Teacher Instructions) to make a false statement true. Only the underlined words will be changed. If Team 1’s answer is incorrect, no points are scored, but all class members will still fill in the space with either true or the answer which makes a false statement true, as announced by the teacher.
The game continues with Team 2 answering question 2, Team 3 question 3, Team 4 question 4, and Team 5 question 5. This will complete Round 1. Play continues through 7 rounds. The team with the most points gains control of the French throne and wins THE GAME OF FRENCH KINGS by establishing an absolute monarchy. Players on other teams become royal subjects at the mercy of the king of France. The order of finish will determine each team’s rank in French society, as given on a chart on the first lesson page.
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.