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
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.
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.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 46-60 of 150
LESSON 46: The Critical Period
LESSON 47: Constitutional Convention
LESSON 48: United States Constitution
LESSON 49: Crossword Puzzle: The Constitution
LESSON 50: Three Branches of Government
LESSON 51: Electoral College
LESSON 52: Presidents of the United States
LESSON 53: Washington, Adams, and Jefferson
LESSON 54: To Tell The Truth: George Washington
LESSON 55: Beginning of Political Parties
LESSON 56: Thomas Jefferson
LESSON 57: The Louisiana Purchase
LESSON 58: Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson
LESSON 59: The War of 1812
LESSON 60: Major Battles/War of 1812