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Luke Johnson & Kyl Rucker

Activity Design: Historical Jeopardy


Activity Objective:
The students will comprehend historical content by reviewing events, dates, and people
throughout world history.
Description of Activity:
The students will demonstrate their understanding of world history by reviewing important
events, dates, and people in world history through an activity. The activity is based off of the
game show Jeopardy; the students will compete against each other in four groups where they
will pick a historical category and the number of point that they are competing for. The more
points a question is worth the more difficult or obscure the question will be. This game is meant
to be a review for the students, as they will have to remember the content that they have learned
to win the game.
Motivation:
The students will be extrinsically motivated by the chance of earning extra credit and Dum-Dum
Pops. The group with the most points will receive 20 points of extra credit, the group with the
second most points will receive 15 points of extra credit, and the third and fourth groups will
earn 10 and 5 points of extra credit. Each student who answers a question correctly will receive a
Dum-Dum Pop.
The students will be intrinsically motivated because the activity provides the students with an
opportunity to review the information that will be on their upcoming final exam.
Directions:
1. The students will be separated into four different groups.
2. Each student is required to answer a question for the group.
3. After each question, the next student in each of the groups will replace the current
contestants.
4. The contestant will choose a historical category and the point value.
5. The contestant will answer in the form a question, Who is or What is
6. The contestants must wait for the teacher to finish reading the entire question before
ringing the bell to answer; students cannot yell out the answer or it is considered dead.

7. The students will have 45 seconds to answer each of the questions.


8. If the contestant is correct, then his/her group will receive points and the group can
continue to choose another question, but the current contestants must be replaced by new
students in each of the groups.
9. If the contestant is incorrect or does not answer in the allotted time, then another group
may steal the question and continue to answer questions, but the current contestants must
be replaced by new students in each of the groups.
10. The game will continue in this manner until all questions have been answered, and then
the group with the most points will be declared the winners.
11. On a random question their will be a Daily Double where the points for answering the
question correctly are worth twice the original point value.
The teacher will check for student understanding by drawing student names at random and
having them repeat one of the directions, this will continue until all the directions have been
covered, the teacher will ask for a student to repeat all the directions.
Active Participation:
All of the students will be involved with this activity because after each question has been
answered the next student in the group will replace the current contestants in all four groups. All
of the students will be expected to be engaged with the activity by reading each of the questions
and listening for the correct answer.
On task behavior and transitions, will be maximized by using a timer. The timer will make sure
that the game progresses smoothly as the contestants will have 45 seconds to answer the question
before it can be stolen by the other contestants. The students will transition by rotating out the
current contestants after every question to ensure all students are actively participating.
Expectations of Student Behavior:
The students are expected to be respectful of each other, the teacher, and surrounding classrooms.
There will be an acceptable level of noise that the students can make as the review game is
played, but they must not be loud enough to disturb other classes. The teacher will monitor the
noise level and tell the students to lower their voices if the class becomes too loud. The students
are expected to be gracious participants who do not mock students for incorrect answers, sneer at
winning contestants, or gloat. Those who are rude during the review game will not be rewarded

and will be asked to apologize for being discourteous. The students are expected to wait for the
teacher to finish reading the question before ringing the bell to answer. The students are also
expected to ring the bell then answer the question and not yell out the answer.
Materials/Resources Needed
Timer
Four bells/noise making devises
White Board
Marker
Modeling:
The teacher and four students will play a practice round of the game to model it to the entire
class. The teacher will label each of the actions as the students are playing the practice round to
ensure understanding of the game mechanics and rules. Once the practice round is finished and
the students have demonstrated understanding then the review game will start.
*Note: This review game is inspired by the game show Jeopardy and has been altered to fit the
classroom environment and content the students must review.
World History Jeopardy
Early

World in

Civilizations

Transition

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400
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800
1000

Early

World in

Civilizations

Transition

This Roman

This religion

Renaissance
&

Encounters &

Age of

Exchange

Revolution

Reformation
200
400
600
800
1000
Questions
Renaissance
&
Reformation
This figure

World at War

200
400
600
800
1000

200
400
600
800
1000

200
400
600
800
1000

Encounters &

Age of

World at War

Exchange

Revolution

Christopher

In 1776 this

The

leader was

became the

was a great

Columbus

nation

assassination

proclaimed

dominant

sculptor, but

sailed the

declared its

of this

Dictator For

faith across

also painted

ocean blue

independence

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life

Europe

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from Britain

began the

Chapel

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War
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monarch

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revolution

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n people are

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broke from

discovering

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people across

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people

and Peace to

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Church in

continents that

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Democracy

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people

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commonly
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geographical

empire fell to

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to as the ideal

first to

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the two

called the

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establish

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bombs that

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invaders

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colonies in the

Civilization
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War II
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credited with

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day, and hour

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culture and

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first written

commerce

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World War

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conquest

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come to a

of

cease fire
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law in history

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SPQR is best

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English as

of Europe

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rebellion in

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invention in

all of history

the world

is often
referred to
as

Answers
Early

World in

Civilizations

Transition

Julius Cesar

Christianity

Renaissance
&
Reformation
Michelangelo

The Greeks or

The Bubonic

King Henry

Athenians

Plague, Black

VIII

Encounters &

Age of

World at War

Exchange

Revolution

1492

United States

Franz

New World

of America
French

Ferdinand
Vladimir

Revolution

Lenin

Guillotine

Fat Man and

Death, or
The Fertile

Black Plague
The Roman

Leonardo da

Crescent or

Empire

Vinci

Mesopotamia
Hammurabi

The Silk

Martin

God, Gold,

Declaration

November 11

Road

Luthers 95

and Glory

of the Rights

at 11:00 AM

Spain

Little Boy

Thesis
The Senate
and People of
Rome

Charlemagne

Gutenbergs
Printing Press

of Man and of
Magellan

the Citizen
Haitian

The Phony

Revolution

War