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
Give each student a copy of pages 54A - 54E.
Choose three students to be George Washington. Tell the three which one is the real Washington, but do not inform the other class members. It is NUMBER 1.
Choose ten 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 George Washington. At this point, the real one will be asked to step forward.
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 15 true/false questions based on information they learned during game.
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.
MY EXPERIENCE USING THIS LESSON WITH MY STUDENTS:
At the beginning of the period, when I ask for the three class members to volunteer to be George Washington, almost every hand goes up. That happens because TO TELL THE TRUTH games are very popular. Several other TO TELL THE TRUTH games are available on Hernando Cortes, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.