If you are not familiar with Mission US you are definitely missing out! Currently, there are over 300,000 middle school students registered and, recently, Mission II won a gold medal at the 2012 International Serious Play Awards.
Mission US is a growing collection of free interactive games designed to help students (or anyone else) learn about American History. Currently, there are two games: For Crown or Colony, which is about the build up to the American Revolution, and Flight to Freedom, which is about the underground railroad and the fugitive slave law. In each case, the game is played from a first person perspective, helping the students develop historic empathy. The decisions made by students during play affect the outcome, which provides a context for classroom discussion. There are also content related vocabulary words and primary source documents embedded in the game.
Each game is also accompanied by a large collection of teaching materials, including an overview, background information, activities, and resources. To make it easier to integrate the classroom activities into the course of the play, the games are divided into 15 to 20 minute sections and can be saved at any point as needed.
Please help the Mission US team as it develops the next Mission, which focuses on how the Plains Indians’ experienced western expansion in the 1870s and 1880s. You can help determine what topics they emphasize and address in both the game and classroom materials by answering this 11 question survey.