To become familiar with the life of George Washington and the role which he played in shaping the early history of the United States.
1 class period
This activity begins by giving each student a copy of pages 54A - 54E. Then, choose three students to be Abraham Lincoln. Tell the three which one is the real Lincoln (the answer is in the Teacher Instructions), but do not inform the other class members.
Pick twelve students to be panelists. They will each ask an assigned question. At the end of the game, these panelists and the other class members will vote for the person they think is the real Abraham Lincoln. After the voting has taken place, ask the students to give reasons for their choices. The real Lincoln will then be asked to step forward. It is NUMBER 2.
When the voting is taking place, ask the students to give reasons for their choice.
Once the TO TELL THE TRUTH game is finished, students will answer 10 true/false questions based on information they learned during game.
MY EXPERIENCE USING THIS LESSON
At the beginning of the period, when I ask for the three class members to volunteer to be Abraham Lincoln, almost every hand goes up. That happens because TO TELL THE TRUTH games are very popular.
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.