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Mission US: Interactive Gaming for History and Social Studies Teachers

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on Mar 3, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Mission US has been on my list of websites to blog about for a while now and after revisiting the site, I’m glad I finally got around to sharing it. Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in their choice of three interactive games. History and Social Studies teachers will especially appreciate this site.

Below you’ll find a brief description and accompanying trailer for each game. Be sure to check back often; Mission US promises new games are on the way!

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie. 

Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky.  As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult.

Mission 3: “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions.  As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne's persistence through conflict and national transformation.

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