Quotations are the essence of a literary work and it’s important for students to identify them, understand them, and analyze them. Sometimes, their meaning can only be grasped after rereading them several times and being fully familiarized with the text, especially when it comes to Shakespeare. Sounds difficult? Yes but I have come up with a solution!
I LOVE games and especially board/card games. Ever since I was a child, I would browse the educational games section of a bookstore or supermarket. I still do whenever I go to buy groceries. Although I do not believe in digital games, I am a firm believer that old school games are one of the best tools to make learning fun and to keep students engaged.
Any type of quiz game is ideal for this. Previously I recreated a Game of the Goose for my students and they loved it (it was great to see them so adamant to win). Memory card games are also a great option (I have one from Egypt that made me learn a ton about art, gods, and pharaohs). Quiz games are more straight forward and, while I believe that they can become a bit repetitive over time, since you don’t have the luck factor from other games, when it comes to classroom learning it is the best choice. After all, there are some things that can only be mastered through repetition, right?
It is thus that I have begun a series of quiz cards that will be added to my unit products. Check out the Macbeth quiz cards that I published today!
In this game, students will take turns reading the quotations out loud and having their partner guess which character said it. The winner is the one that earns more cards by the end of the game.
How to make quiz cards?
1. You will need to prepare a set of cards about the text that you are teaching. BONUS TIP: ask the students to make them in flashcards and they will get double review time!
2. On the upper half of the flashcard, write the quote with page/act reference.
3. On the bottom half of the flashcard, write the character that said it.
4. On the other side of the flashcard, write the title of the text.
5. You can divide the sets by chapters, acts, etc.
How to play:
1. Divide students in pairs and hand each pair a set of cards.
2. Shuffle the cards.
3. One student takes the first card and reads the quotation out loud to the partner, who must guess which character said it and at what moment in the play.
4. If the answer is correct, the student that guessed it keeps the card, if not, it goes back in the stack.
5. Now it’s the turn for the other student to guess.
6. Repeat until the cards are finished. The student with more cards wins.
7. You can make the game in several levels, choosing only cards from one act and adding acts as they become more familiar with the quotations.
And that’s it! You can use the quiz game as an activity for class, as a homework (if the students get to practice with their family, so much the better), as a summer/christmas project, as a tool for reviewing material, etc. You can also include them in a pop quiz for extra points or a quick exam. The possibilities are endless!
Here’s a look of my Macbeth quotation quiz cards that I released on my Teachers Pay Teachers store:
The pack includes 109 cards with the most important quotes of the play. The cards are color coded according to Act and they all have this beautiful cover on the back (if I say so myself hehe). The product also comes with a printable box with the same design as the cards so that you can store them properly.
Hope this idea will be helpful for your classroom!