The True Story Behind the "Queen of Katwe"

Students will complete the following questions using History vs Hollywood "Queen of Katwe"

1. Identify the 3 main characters using the "real face" category.

2. Why is there no birth date listed for Phiona Mutesi?

3. At what age did Phiona's father die of AIDS? How did life change for her mother?

4. Which one of Phiona's sisters died shortly after her father's death?

5. Where is the slum of Katwe located?

6. Is it possible that Phiona's mother Harriet is HIV-positive? Why is she unsure?

7. At what age did Phiona drop out of school and why?

8. What did Phiona sell on the street to make a living?

9. At what time and how far did Phiona's mother travel to buy and then resell vegetables?

10. How did Phiona nearly die at the age of 8? How did they save her?

11. How did Phiona discover chess and where did she play?

12. Identify an example of how chess drew parallels to Phiona's personal life.

13. Identify 3 examples on how life in the slum of Katwe was harsh?

14. How did her coach, Robert Katende, play a large role in Phiona's life?

15. Coach Katende has an educational background in computer engineering, what would become his "true calling" in life?

16. Why was Phiona's mother initially opposed of her playing chess?

17. Explain how good Phiona was at playing chess. (titles, strategies)

18. In the movie, there were actual locations that were used in the movie, give an example of one place.

19. How was Phiona able to go back to school to learn how to read and write?

20. How did she help Uganda win the Africa's International Children's Chess Tournament in 2009? (How many matches did she win?)

21. How does religion play an important part of Phiona's life?

22. Where did she play the World chess Olympiad in 2009?

23. How did chess change Phiona's life?

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Slum Life in Africa

Pictures of Slums Around the World

Activity 1 Comparing Life in a Rural Village with an Urban Slum

Students will be assigned either "Urban Slum" or "Rural Village" slum life and be required to identify characteristics for the following categories:

  • Housing

  • Sanitation

  • Toilets

  • Collecting Water

  • Cooking

  • Cooking Fuel

  • Growing Vegetables

  • Access to Nutritious Foods

  • Keeping Animals

  • Local Shops

  • Employment

  • School

  • Travel

  • Environment

Activity 2 Urban and Rural Daily Routine

Students will be assigned either the life of "Issac's Journey Through a Rural Area" or "Brenda's Journey in a Banda Slum" Students will list a characteristic for each part of the journey (example: Issac's Home)

Activity 3 Introduction to Chess Pieces and How They Move Learn How to Play Chess Learn How Pieces Move

Students will learn the basics and rules of playing chess. Once students have learned how to set up a chessboard and how the pieces move, students may click on the link Play Chess and choose to play the computer or a friend. Students may also use this link Play Chess Against The Computer and learn moves as you play the computer.

Free Printable Chess Set 3D

How it moves
1 King
King chess piece
King chess piece

King symbol
King symbol

The King is the most important piece in the army. If he is captured, the game is lost.
1 square in any direction (forward, back, across or diagonally)
1 Queen
Queen chess piece
Queen chess piece

Queen chess symbol
Queen chess symbol

The Queen is the most powerful piece.
Any number of squares in any direction
2 Castles
Castle chess piece
Castle chess piece

Castle chess symbol
Castle chess symbol

Castles are strong pieces which are good both at attacking the enemy and defending the King. Sometimes the Castle is called a ‘Rook’.
Any number of squares forward, back or across (but not diagonally)
2 Bishops
Chess piece Bishop
Chess piece Bishop

Chess symbol Bishop
Chess symbol Bishop

Bishops are good at attacking late on in the game. Because they move diagonally, they always stay on the same colour square that they started on.
Any number of square diagonally
2 Knights
Chess piece Knight
Chess piece Knight

Chess symbol Knight
Chess symbol Knight

Knights are at their best when there are lots of pieces on the board, and they can use their ability to jump over other pieces.
‘L shaped’ – two squares forward (or back) and one square across; or two squares across and one square forward (or back). The Knight can jump over other pieces while doing this.
8 Pawns
Chess piece Pawn
Chess piece Pawn

Chess symbol pawn
Chess symbol pawn

Pawns are the foot soldiers in the army. They gradually advance on the opposing army, but also need to defend the King.
Usually one square forward. If it is capturing an opposing piece, however, it moves one square forward diagonally. Each pawn may move two squares forward the first time it moves. If it does, it cannot capture in the same move. Pawns can never move backwards.