The Challenge

Social Studies Activity

This activity is a quiz show that can be used to review material in any content area and to encourage students to take on an extra challenge.



  1. Ask students to name several television game shows they are familiar with. If possible, video tape in advance a few different kinds of games shows for those students unfamiliar with game shows. Divide the class into groups and have each group spend a set time (approximately 20 minutes) analyzing the system that governs a particular show. Have them consider such questions as these:

  2. Tell students they are going to create a quiz show called "Meet the Challenge," which will have its own set of rules. They can draw on the ideas they got from analyzing television quiz shows or create an entirely different form. The only requirements that you will impose are as follows:

  3. Work with the class (or, if you prefer, a smaller "production staff") to draw up the final rules and organize the quiz show. Everyone in the class should participate in the show in some way, whether as part of the production staff or as contestants. Depending on your class, you may wish to make the assignments or have students organize themselves.

  4. Set up a time schedule that includes at least two rehearsals. Invite another class to act as the audience for the performance. If possible, video tape the show for all to enjoy at a later date.


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