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Historical Who's Who?

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This revision idea comes from Rachel March who teaches in Bradford.

It’s based on the children’s game ‘Guess Who?’ [or Who’s Who?’ depending on the manufacturer] and looks a very good way of painlessly revising the key details of individuals involved in an historical event. Rachel’s used it for GCSE revision but it could be applied far more widely. Have fun! Here’s Rachel’s description.

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The Activity

This worked very well for my year 10 students revising for their exams. I printed out 3 copies of the PDF document (containing the pictures of the individuals) and stuck two to my children's old 'Who's Who' game [see picture] - though it would also work just on a piece of card, crossing each character off. The final set is printed onto card and used for each of the two players to choose a card secretly.

The students take turns to ask questions to deduce which historical figure their opponent has, by narrowing down the choice e.g:

• Were they British?
• Were they female?
• Were they in the 1930's?
• Were they at the Treaty of Versailles?

First one to make the correct identification wins!

I have found this a useful resource for students close to their exams, one of many revision tools in a class, and for fun when the revision gets a bit much.  It leads to great interaction and discussion of the main characters on the syllabus.

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