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Mission US: Up From the Dust - An Interactive American History Game
Students will play the interactive online game Mission US: Up from the Dust and will engage in online discussion, writing, and multimedia projects to explore the experiences of American farmers during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.
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Week 1: Students will watch the teacher's video describing the learning and tasks for the week. Students will then play (on their own) the Prologue and Part 1. Students will then create a Venn diagram in which they compare the lives of the Dunn twins to their own, considering elements such as responsibilities, technology, family life, their home, and so on. The diagram can be either hand-drawn or electronic using any appropriate tool of the student's choice. The teacher will provide written...
The students will develop skills in analyzing turning points in American history, and will specifically: Understand how the lives of ordinary people were altered in different ways by the economic and environmental hardships of the 1930s Describe how people took individual and collective action to survive the Great Depression and demand government assistance Identify the federal government intervention and describe the successes and limitations of New Deal programs
Students are expected to play through each part of the game on their own (though they are free to send questions to the teacher at any time.) The creation of videos, slide-shows, extended-length writings and short-answer responses will be individual efforts by the students and but will be shared between the individual students and the teacher.
Students should have some form of material available to create a Venn diagram and a slide-show - whether on paper or through an online platform of the student's choosing. The Outschool classroom will be used to respond to discussion questions and to link to multimedia files.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
One portion of the game displays the family's struggle to feed their prize cow due to a lack of grass and a lack of money to buy feed. In the story, the family ultimately decides that it is better to kill the cow than to let it suffer. Parents should think about how their students may react to this narrative prior to enrolling them in the course.
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