Dynasty Smackdown

Historical debates can be fun and educational. In this presentation we’ll look at one way to turn a dry, document based discussion into a smack down, drag-out, no holds barred, debate. This tool is appropriate for 7-12 classrooms and with some modification can be used at the elementary level. Students learn important research skills, historical analysis and interpretation, and have a great time doing it. Presenter Matt Roberts is the Social Studies Department Chair at Pine-Richland High School in Allegheny County. He teaches 10th grade World History and 12th grade Asian Studies and AP Psychology.