10 Ways to Use Famous People Flashcards

ESL Library has a NEW image set full of Famous People flashcards from our popular Famous People lesson section. Like all of our flashcards, this set has several printing options (color or black & white, full-page or multiple images per page, with or without text, etc.).

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10 Ways to Use Famous People Flashcards

Here are a few fun ways to use ESL Library’s Famous People flashcards. We hope teachers will share their own ideas in the comments below.

1. Who Am I?

Tape one flashcard to each student’s back. Students walk around the room and ask questions to find out who they are. You can make it so that students can only ask Yes/No questions. (Am I female? Am I under 40? Am I American?) This is a fun icebreaker for a new set of students.

2. Who Are You?

Give each student a flashcard and tell them not to show anyone. Call two students to the front of the room and ask them to have a conversation with each other as their famous people. Can they guess who they are talking to? You may need to give them a scenario or setting. (Are you Barack Obama?)

Alternatively, the two students can know each other’s identity, but the class has to guess. For a more advanced exercise, have students write a script.

3. Red Carpet

Pretend your classroom is the venue for a red carpet event, such as the Oscars. Students pretend to be the famous person they choose from the set. Students have to make small talk with each other. Imagine that everyone is alive and well and it’s modern day, or think of a specific event and time from history. (I liked your book. Nice dress. What do you think of the new US president?)

4. Nations & Nationalities

Hold up Famous People flashcards one at a time and have students shout out the nations and nationalities of each person. (That is Madonna. She is from America. She is American.)

5. Jobs & Workplaces

Hold up Famous People flashcards one at a time and have students shout out the jobs and workplaces for each person. (That is Neil Armstrong. He was an astronaut. He worked on the moon.)

6. What Is This Person Famous For?

Hold up Famous People flashcards one at a time, and ask students what each person is famous for. Students will answer using complete sentences. (Jane Austen is famous for writing classic novels. Elvis Presley is famous for making rock ‘n’ roll music.)

7. Describing People

Print out the Famous People flashcard set and hold one up at a time. Ask students to shout out words that describe each person’s personality and/or appearance. This can be done competitively in teams. The first team to shout an appropriate word gets a point. You may need to make a rule that the same words can’t be used twice. (Charles Darwin was wise. Madonna is beautiful and talented. Martin Luther King Jr. was inspirational.)

8. Comparing Famous People

Place all of the Famous People in a box and choose two. Then ask a question that requires students to use comparatives. (Who is smarter/older/wiser? OR Who is more interesting/influential/important?) This can also be a writing prompt.

9. Rumor Has It

Place all of the Famous People flashcards in a box and choose one randomly as you ask the following question: Did you hear the news about…(famous person)? Then ask students to make up true or far-fetched stories about the famous person (alive or deceased). (Yes, I heard the news about the Beatles. They are going to do a concert with Madonna.) Students can build on each other’s stories, or start a new rumor. This can also be a creative writing prompt.

Your students can also pretend to be paparazzi. They can describe what they captured on camera. (I got a picture of Jane Austen. She was working on a new novel.)

10. Choose a Lesson Topic

Place all of the Famous People flashcards in a box and have a student randomly select a person. Discuss whether or not students want to learn more about this person. Hold a vote. If yes, choose the related lesson from our Famous People lesson section. If no, choose a different flashcard and discuss again.

Share Your Ideas

Thank you to all of the subscribers who requested this flashcard set! We’ll be adding many more images to this set soon, so keep an eye on it. Don’t forget to share your own ideas in the comments below.

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