Teacher Review for Mission US: For Crown or Colony?

I think the product can be useful for understanding Colonial America

Joseph D.
Classroom teacher
Lackawanna High School (Lackawanna, NY)
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I would use it as a homework/extra credit exercise only after the information was taught throughout the unit. I think it would be a great review of the time period but I would not use it as first time exploratory learning. I thought the game was entertaining but lacked the cause and effect relationship that I would have liked to have seen such as demonstrating the specific Colonial actions against the British responses in which led up to the Declaration of Independence. Some were present but for me it lacked the historical flow with a bunch of fluff.
My Take
I really like the ability to make choice as the apprentice works through the daily tasks at hand while gaining an understanding of the political tempo of the time period. It really gives a good look at the hatred between Patriots and Loyalists. the project as a teaching tool has great "pauses" throughout the game to allow for vocabulary development.