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Best Websites and Games for U.S. History and Civics

Sometimes, the history that students learn about in textbooks is boiled down to key events and dates. These great websites and games let them explore tricky topics from different perspectives and walk a mile in the shoes of important decision-makers. Use them to help your students look back in time -- or at current events -- in a whole new way.

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EDSITEment URL: http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Extensive humanities resource offers deep well of great content
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
2.
National Archives URL: http://www.archives.gov/
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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Mission US: For Crown or Colony? Publisher: Thirteen/WNET
First-person journey through pre-Revolutionary War America
Grades 6-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
4.
iCivics URL: http://www.icivics.org/
Assortment of exceptionally well-designed games demystifies government
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
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The Knotted Line URL: http://knottedline.com/
Unique, artistic timeline lets kids explore freedom in U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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Zinn Education Project URL: https://zinnedproject.org/
Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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Tiki-Toki URL: http://www.tiki-toki.com/
Create stunning multimedia timelines for any project or purpose
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free - $100/year
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
8.
Your Commonwealth URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
9.
Historypin URL: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
10.
Smarthistory URL: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/
Bring traditional art education to life with fresh, interactive multimedia
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Democracy 3 Publisher: Positech Games
Nuanced political sim about the balancing act of government
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $24.95 individual; $99.95 classroom
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
12.
The Republia Times Publisher: Lucas Pope
Unassuming editorial sim elegantly exposes the business of bias
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3