This is a great team quiz game that I often use during Year 11 and Year 13 revision sessions. Students have to design their own questions, think about the most important (for example) individuals / concepts / places related to the topic, and provide five key details about each one. These are then used as the basis of an intensive group quiz.
In advance of the lesson, students prepare quiz cards designed to challenge the other people in the class to guess a key character from the topic about to be revised (this works well for History and English literature, for example; in Geography, the challenge might instead be to guess a particular place, and the approach is adaptable for other subjects).
The quiz cards require the student to provide five of statements about the character, each one of which is progressively more obvious regarding who it relates to. The five statements should get progressively easier.
Conducting the quiz
After the teacher has collected the quiz cards, the teacher arranges the class into teams and shuffle the pack. The “50 point” statement will be read out from the first card to the first team (obviously, choose a card that wasn’t designed by a person within that team). If they wish to ‘pass’, they get further (easier) clues but the points available steadily decline (40 points for a correct guess after the second question, 30 points after the third, and so on). An incorrect guess at any point means they get zero points for that round – so it usually a good idea for each team to nominate a ‘captain’ who is the only person allowed to give the quizmaster the final answer after conferring.
The game is played over several rounds; the winning team is the one with the most points. It’s a great way to revise!
Taking it further
The rules of the game are flexible. Most simply, each team could take it in turns to guess a different character from the five statements they are provided. However, another approach is to adopt a ‘first on the buzzers’ approach using some quiz buzzers. I also record the scores from these quizzes in a revision leaderboard which builds up over several weeks of revision to build up a bit more tension!