Mission US: Interactive American History Simulations

Mission US: Interactive American History Simulations

Mission U.S. An Interactive Way to Learn History

Mission US is an series of interactive role-playing simulations to learn about critical periods and events in U.S. History.

As social studies teachers look for immediate solutions to engage students in remote learning, Mission US – an award-winning series of free, interactive, standards-aligned history games – delivers exciting learning opportunities. 

Developed for use in middle and high school classrooms, Mission US engages students in the study of transformational moments in American history. Each msission consists of an interactive simulation and a set of curriculum materials that are aligned to national standards and feature document-based activities. The interactive immerses players in rich, historical settings and then empowers them to make choices that illuminate how ordinary people experienced the past. The Educator's Guide provides a wealth of resources and activities for both teachers and students, including primary source documents that show the broader social, political, and economic context of events and perspectives featured in the game as well as primary and secondary source activities to use with students. Since some of the topics Mission US explores are difficult, it is recommended that teachers/parents preview the simulation content to make sure it is appropriate for their students/children.

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“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. A brand-new version of this game is now available!

In “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14- year-old girl enslaved in Kentucky who escapes to Ohio. As Lucy joins a community of abolitionists, players discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act threatens all African Americans in the North and brings new urgency to the anti-slavery movement.

In “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.

In “City of Immigrants,” players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.

In “Up from the Dust,” players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation. “Up from the Dust” is available online and as free iPad and Windows 10 apps.

A new Mission US game, “Prisoner in My Homeland,” is in development which focuses on the experience of a Japanese American teenage boy who must make difficult choices amid the chaos and terror of incarceration during WWII.

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