Mission US Transforms the Way Middle School Students Learn U.S. History


Mission US Transforms the Way Middle School Students Learn U.S. History

Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.

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.

In Mission 2: Flight to Freedom, players take on the role of Lucy King, a fictional 14-year-old enslaved in Kentucky in 1848. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio via the Underground Railroad, they discover that life in the "free" North is dangerous and difficult. Players encounter a diverse group of people from abolitionists to slave owners and make decisions that affect the game's outcome. Flight to Freedom helps students learn how enslaved people's choices from small, everyday acts of resistance to action that sought an end to slavery affected the lives of individuals, and ultimately the nation.

Mission US: Flight to Freedom, is timed to support and extend curriculum activities connected to Black History Month in February 2012. Educators and students can access the game via streaming and download through any Internet-connected computer at www.mission-us.org, making it accessible in the classroom, the library, school technology lab and at home.

Other missions are planned for release in 2013 and 2014. http://www.mission-us.org/ 

Mission US is produced by THIRTEEN and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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