HistoryQuest8: Sample Clues and Visuals

Yesterday and today we’ve had 5 sessions of HistoryQuest8: Civil War. Students are giving clues about people, events, inventions, documents, etc. from the Civil War, and trying to guess what everyone else has presented.

We’re using the new short MysteryQuest format that works GREAT for middle school classes. We’ve had 4-5 classes in each 45 minute session. You can read more about the agenda and preparation for HistoryQuest8 online here.

Today we had some neat clues and visuals.


This class did their clues in the form of a court skit. They began with “Welcome to Clueless Court, where we don’t know anything at all about law.” The skit was actually a trial of their mystery person.

Another class gave several clues about a detective, with detective-like clues.

Here’s an example of a visual that doesn’t work! Between the background picture, the red font, and the glare of the document camera, it was pretty hard to get any information from this visual.

Nice big clear font on these posters. Easy to read and write down.

Note this creative way to give a clue for “Greek architecture”.

Music is always fun for giving clues! The song played was “Taps”.

Another class gave these creative clues for the invention of the telegraph.

This is just a sample of the presentations from these HistoryQuest Civil War sessions. If you haven’t done a HistoryQuest or MysteryQuest, you may want to watch the video here.

Still Openings

Also, Paul Hieronymus is running a few more HistoryQuest8 sessions during the week of May 3, and needs some more participating classes. Details here. Hope you can join him! Your class could prep their presentation in a couple class periods if you keep it simple. So it IS doable! Great learning experience for students!!

In addition, we still have room in HistoryQuest5 (5th grade colonial times and revolutionary war) and MysteryQuest USA (US geography for 4th or 5th grade. These are all open to everyone!

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About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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