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Create a Quiz-Style Game

Students will investigate the U.S. Constitution and how changes, such as the evolution of voting rights, have impacted different parts of the population. Then they will select a format and create a quiz-style game to challenge classmates' knowledge on the topic.

PROCESS:

  1. Have students conduct research to learn more about the U.S. Constitution. Encourage them to take detailed notes about how changes to the Constitution, including the evolution of voting rights, have affected different parts of the population.
  2. Rejoin as a class. Invite students to share what they learned. 
  3. As a class, brainstorm a list of quiz-style games. Encourage students to recognize both board games and game shows that they've seen on TV.
  4. Challenge students to design a board game or a game show about the Constitution. The only requirements are that the information the game presents is factual and that the game, in some way, helps players understand that laws must be fair.

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite classmates to participate as students share their games with the class. Instruct students to identify what they liked best about each game. Discuss how each game helped players understand that laws must be fair.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:   

Grades 3-4:
Investigate the history of the U.S. Constitution as a class. Then divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to create a board game related to the Constitution. The only supplies they are allowed to use are pencils, paper and glue.

Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups investigate the U.S. Constitution. Then instruct each group to create a game based on the Constitution. If groups choose to create a board game, the only supplies they are allowed to use are pencils, paper and glue. If they choose to design a game show, they must write a five-minute script in which classmates are invited to participate in their show.

Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct pairs to conduct research to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and how laws, including voting rights, have changed over time. Then have partners design a game show based on what they've learned. Instruct partners to create a diorama depicting their program's set and to write a five-minute script in which classmates are invited to participate in their show.

Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct pairs to conduct research to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and how laws, including voting rights, have changed over time. Then have partners design a board game or a game show based on what they've learned. The premise of the game must depict how changes to laws can affect different parts of the population. Give students time to create a prototype for a board game or to write a 10-minute script in which classmates are invited to participate in a game show.