Thursday, May 15, 2014

An Interactive Way to Learn History

Mission US is a multimedia project designed in a way where students can experience three different eras in U.S history in a fun and interactive way. The students’ experiences may differ slightly based on the choices they make and their behavior as the character they take on in the different missions.  There are currently three different missions available:

  • Mission1: For Crown or Glory is a mission where students take on the role of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice, in Boston 1770. Through different activities, students will experience the events leading up to the American Revolution. Students will encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and after the Boston Massacre they will have to choose where their loyalties lie.
  • Mission2: Flight to Freedom is a mission about slavery and the Underground Railroad.  Students take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. Students will navigate her escape and travel to Ohio. They will discover that life in the “free” North isn’t safe and easy.
  •  Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey is a mission that teaches students about westward expansion and how it affected Native American tribes.  Students take on the role of Little Fox, a northern Cheyenne boy.  They help Little Fox and the rest of the tribe survive as white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions start to threaten their survival. 

Mission US provides many helpful educator guides to make each mission a successful learning experience for the students. The different guides contain:
  • In-depth information about how to play the games
  • Classroom implementation
  • Essential questions and goals
  • Alignment with learning standards
  • Information about characters, situations, events and historical period presented in the game
  • Classroom activities to use with students before, during and after the missions
  • Additional information to enhance and extend students’ learning about the time periods 
To get started with Mission US, you and your students need to register and create an account.  Creating an account allows students to save their progress.  They will be able to stop a mission at any point and be able to pick up where they left off the next time the log in.

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