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Early American History Board Game Project—100 points (11% of grade)

Due: January 1st/2nd

Purpose: Create a board game so you can study for your final exam (EOC).

Materials Needed: poster board, index cards, and colored pencils/markers

Optional Materials: dice, construction paper, game pieces, etc.

Sign Up For Online Textbook:

Textbook: History Alive! U.S. History—http://student.teachtci.com/student/sign_up

Email Address: tilneyd@pcsb.org

Example Pictures: For example pictures, go to our class website http://www.pcsb.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=11818

Steps for Success:

You can complete your project by yourself or with a partner. The time period is early American history, approximately from the 1600s to the 1870s.

1.) Create game concept. Are you going to use dice or draw cards to move throughout your game board? Are you going to have obstacles in the way? Is it going to be a Chutes & Ladders-style game, Candyland-style game, or Monopoly-style game, etc.? How are you going to incorporate your questions/answers into the game?

2.) On your index cards, write 45 questions/answers using the topics on the next pages. Use a question word at least 4 times. Questions words are what, when, where, who/whom, why, and how. Number your question/answer cards as you go. Spend most of your time on this.

3.) Create/find game pieces. You can use checkers, game chips, thimbles, army men, pieces of construction paper, etc.

4.) Create board. Design your board and game pieces. Title your board. Draw your path/game board.

5.) Decorate your game board with historical people, events, quotes, pictures, political cartoons. Remember the time period that we study is early American history. (Approximately from the 1600s to the 1870s)

Question Topics

1.) Regional economic differences of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.

2.) Mayflower Compact

3.) Impact of the Columbian Exchange

4.) European motivations for African slavery

5.) Proclamation of 1763

6.) Quartering Act,

7.) Tea Act

8.) Stamp Act related image

9.) Colonial propaganda image result for boston massacre

10.) Benjamin Franklin’s political cartoon joinordie22-300x200

11.) Lexington and Concord

12.) Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence

13.) Main principles of the Declaration of Independence

14.) “These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”—Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

15.) Great Compromise of the Constitutional Convention

16.) New Jersey Plan/Virginia Plan of the Constitutional Convention

17.) Washington’s Farewell Address

18.) Louisiana Purchase

19.) Founding of St. Augustine and Spanish colonization

20.) Trail of Tears

21.) Arguments for and against war with Mexico

22.) Manifest Destiny related image

23.) Missouri Compromise

24.) Lewis and Clark

25.) Impact of American settlers on western resources, Native Americans, and slaves

26.) Telegraph, steel plow, steamboat, spinning mill, steam-powered locomotive, cotton gin

27.) Impact of textile mills on society

28.) Frederick Douglass and the Abolition Movement

29.) Women’s Rights Movement

30.) Eli Whitney’s cotton gin

31.) Slave trade

32.) Spirituals and slave resistance

33.) Underground Railroad

34.) Compare Declaration of Sentiments and the Declaration of Independence

35.) Andrew Jackson, the “Common Man” image result for andrew jackson common man

36.) Andrew Jackson, the “King” image result for andrew jackson common man

37.) Seminole Wars and the Treaty of Moultrie Creek

38.) Dred Scott decision

39.) Election of 1860

40.) Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Address

41.) Strength/Weaknesses of the North/South during the Civil War

42.) Emancipation Proclamation

43.) Balance of power of statehood—slave states vs. free states

44.) Jim Crow laws

45.) African-American suffrage (voting rights)

Early American History Board Game Project

Grading Rubric



Above Average


Below Average


Adherence to Theme—Early American History

Adherence to theme is fully evident.

4 points

Adherence to theme may be evident.

2 points

Adherence to theme is not evident.

0 points


Title is neat, clear, capitalized, and visible.

2 points

Title is not neat, capitalized, and visible.

1 point

No title.

0 points

Question/Answer Accuracy

All question/answer cards are accurate.

10 points

1-2 cards are not accurate.

8 points

3-4 cards are not accurate.

6 points

5+ cards are not accurate.

5 points or less

No cards.

0 points

Use of All Question Words Four Times or More

Use of all question words four times or more.

24 points

1 question word not used.

20 points

2 question words not used.

16 points

3+ question words not used.

12 points or less

No cards

0 points

Use of Question/Answer Topics

All question/answer cards are on topic.

45 points

1-2 cards are not on topic.

43 points

3-4 cards are not on topic.

41 points

5+ cards are not on topic.

40 points or less

No cards.

0 points

Grammar, Spelling and Capitalization

Used correct grammar, spelling, and capitalization.

10 points

1-2 grammar, spelling, and capitalization errors.

8 points

3-4 grammar, spelling, and capitalization errors.

6 points

5+ grammar, spelling, and capitalization errors.

5 points or less

No evidence of correct grammar, spelling, and capitalization.

0 points

Visual Presentation of Game Board

Visual presentation is neat, organized and visually appealing.

5 points

Visual presentation is not one of these—neat, organized, or visually appealing.

3 points

No evidence of visual presentation.

0 points

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