Preparation Resources

Preparing Your Classroom Presentation:

  1. Choose one mystery person, event, invention, issue/problem or section from a document to present. Four history mysteries total will be presented. Do NOT choose a history mystery that students should know by memory if they have studied the Beginnings to 1800 time period. The should not be able to guess while listening to the presentation.
  2. Email your mystery right away to Janine Lim at so she can check for duplicates.
  3. In the presentation, give the required clues in your presentation. Do NOT give dates, as these are too easy to Google and the correct answer. If you really want to give a date, give it in the form of a math problem or other creative two part clue instead of just the date to copy down.
  4. Prepare a visual to reveal the answer to your presentation.
  5. Make sure all students have paper to take notes on all the presentations. This way if one team figures out a mystery quickly they can help another team.

Tips for shorter preparation time:
  • Have all your sections do the same city/country
  • Use the same visuals (posters/PowerPoint) for all your sections
  • Teacher tip: "My 8th graders of mixed abilities, took about 50 minutes to create 2 different History Quests. I broke students into 2 teams, they took a "divide and conquer" approach. One student manned the Powerpoint station, while the other researchers discussed and developed the clues in a business meeting format." -Monica M. Kwiatkowski,Cuba-Rushford Middle/High School, Cuba, NY

Fast Transitions
  • Know the schedule and have your students up at the mic ready to go.
  • When you’re about to present, have some kids taking notes and the others getting ready to go.

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