To become familiar with the expedition of the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes.
Three class members are chosen to pretend they are Hernando Cortes. They will stand next to each other in the front of the room facing the class.
Fourteen other students are chosen to ask one question each during the game. They will be given a number from 1 to 14. This is the number of the question that they will ask when the game begins. Questions will be asked in order starting with the student who has number 1.
For every question asked, the three Hernando Corteses will each give an answer. Cortes “number 1” will always answer first, “number 2” second, and “number 3” third. Only one of the three is really Hernando Cortes. The real one will always tell the truth when answering a question. The other two Corteses will say many things which are not true. After all questions have been asked, class members will vote for the person they think is the real Hernando Cortes.
This game is played like a television game show. As the teacher, you are the “MC,” or Master of Ceremonies. The three Corteses will be called contestant “Number 1,” “Number 2,” and “Number 3.” The people who ask questions are called “panelists.” After a panelist asks a question, all three Corteses will answer before the next panelist asks a question.
After all of the questions have been asked of the three Hernando Corteses in the front of the room, class members will vote for the person they think is the "real" Cortes.
At the beginning of the period, when I ask for three class members to volunteer to be Hernando Cortes, 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 in my TpT store, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 1-15 of 150
LESSON 1: Textbook Study Guide
LESSON 2: Europe Trades with the East
LESSON 3: The First Americans
LESSON 4: The Explorers Game
LESSON 5: Explorers Come to the New World
LESSON 6: Christopher Columbus
LESSON 7: To Tell The Truth: Hernando Cortes
LESSON 8: Voyage of Magellan
LESSON 9: Trivia Contest: Age of Exploration
LESSON 10: The Trading Game
LESSON 11: The Game of Mercantilism
LESSON 12: Timeline: Age of Exploration
LESSON 13: Crossword Puzzle: The Age of Exploration
LESSON 14: Note Cards: Age of Exploration
LESSON 15: Map Exercise: The Thirteen Colonies