Ken Burns Classroom

Roosevelt Trivia Game

Ken Burns Film: The Roosevelts

Collections: Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Subject: Government

Grade Level: 7-12

Run Time: 1 class period

Background:

For 19 of the first 45 years of the 20th century, a Roosevelt was in the White House. The three Roosevelts had a tremendous impact on history and millions of Americans for a long time to come. This precedent-setting trio was involved in American history in a multitude of different ways and their impact has been felt for generations.

Activity:

Have the class develop a Roosevelt trivia game. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group one of the following example categories: Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Life before the White House, Life in the White House, Life after the White House, Domestic Policies, Foreign Policies, Events during the Great Depression, Events during World War II, etc. Have students review their video notes from the lessons in The Roosevelts series for factoids in their assigned categories. If your class hasn’t conducted any of the lessons yet, you can watch selections from any of the episodes and take notes to gather facts. Students can also research information for questions from any number of Roosevelt websites found in the Resource sections in the lessons. Have each group write 10 trivia questions. You can limit students’ pre-game knowledge of the questions by having each student in the group write only two to three questions and not share them with other classmates. Some examples of trivia questions can be found at http://www.ehow.com/how_2074010_write-trivia-questions.html. Have students write their questions on the upper half of an index card with the answer in the lower half. Place all of the questions in a pile for the teacher or moderator to deliver. Set up your game board on the front board with category rows and varied points for the different questions.

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