Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The first game, Mission 1: "For Crown or Colony?," puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. As Nat navigates the city and completes tasks, he encounters a spectrum of people living and working there when tensions mount before the Boston Massacre. Ultimately, the player determines Nat's fate by deciding where his loyalties lie.
he creators of “For Crown or Colony?” have designed the game and accompanying classroom materials for educators and students to use in a variety of ways. The game’s flexible format allows for use in the classroom, at home, in the library or media center, or anywhere there’s a computer with an Internet connection. The game can be played in a one-computer classroom, a multiple-computer classroom, or in a lab setting. Students playing the game can work alone, in pairs, or in groups. Educators using the game can decide just how much classroom time they wish to dedicate to gameplay, in-class activities, and accompanying assignments.
Your students will gain the most from “For Crown or Colony?” if their gameplay experiences are supported by classroom activities, discussions, and writing exercises guided by your teaching expertise. The “For Crown or Colony?” curriculum available on the Mission US website provides a wealth of materials to connect the game to your own goals and objectives related to teaching the American Revolution.
This page provides you with some planning questions to help you map out your classroom implementation of “For Crown or Colony?” as well as three different “models” for low, medium, and high utilization of the game and the accompanying materials.