Putting Together the Jigsaw Puzzle by kellena88


									                     The Truth and Nothing But the Truth
                          (An Introductory Activity)

Objective(s): The student will

      1. Participate in an introductory activity of himself/herself to others in the class
      2. Share significant factual information about key people and eras of history of

TEKS: 8.4B, US3.A and D; US4.B; US5.A and B; US6.B and F; US7.B

Teaching Strategy:

      1. Explain to the students that they are to develop three statements about
         themselves to share with the class in an introductory activity. Two of the
         statements are to be true and the third is to be a complete fabrication.
         Caution the students that they are to think of two things about themselves that
         most people won’t already know. Also tell them that when they develop the
         fabrication, it must be believable and in line with the two truths. The teacher
         should develop three statements about himself/herself that he/she will use as
         a model, as well as a way to introduce the teacher to the class.

      2. After the students have completed their three statements, they will present
         them to the class. After each student presentation, the class will try and
         determine which of the three statements is the fabrication. Continue this
         process until every student has been introduced.

      3. After the class introductions, explain that they will use this same strategy to
         meet key people studied during this school year. Give each student one of
         the names on the list (these names are all found in the American history
         TEKS/TAKS). Have the students research and develop three statements
         about the person. Two of the statements are to be important truths about this
         individual and one statement is to be a fabrication. Again, caution the
         students to make all three statements plausible.

             Example—George Washington

             George Washington was an officer in the British army before he became
             Commander-in-Chief of the American forces in the Revolution (True—he
             was a British officer in the French and Indian War).

             George Washington did not like political parties and warned the American
             people of the divisions and dissensions they would cause. (True—he
             warned of this in his Farewell Address when he left the presidency)
             George Washington won most of the battles in which he fought n the
             American Revolution. (False—he was unsuccessful in many of the
             military encounters of the American Revolution, especially in the first years
             of the war)
       4. Have the students check all three of their statements with the teacher to be
          sure that the two statements are significant pieces of information about the
          person, and the untruth is plausible.

       5. There are several ways this part of the activity can be conducted:

              a. Play the game at the first of the year to introduce the class to all of the
                 important people they will meet during their study of American history.

              b. Have the students share their statements in the unit in which the
                 students will encounter the people.

              c. Play the game at the end of the year as a review activity for the TAKS
                 or the semester exam.

List of People:

Thomas Jefferson                          Abraham Lincoln
Theodore Roosevelt                        John C. Calhoun
Woodrow Wilson                            Andrew Carnegie
Clarence Darrow                           Winston Churchill
William Jennings Bryant                   Douglas MacArthur
Henry Ford                                Rosa Parks
Charles Lindbergh                         Eleanor Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman                           George Wallace
George Marshall                           Joseph McCarthy
Susan B. Anthony
W.E.B. DuBois
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Alexander Graham Bell
Samuel Morse
Thomas Edison
Wright Brothers
Jonas Salk

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