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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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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
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
2.
Argument Wars Publisher: iCivics.org
Courtroom sim covers ethics, the Constitution, and the art of argument
Grades 6-10
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
3.
Branches of Power Publisher: Filament Games
Power and control levers become clear through lawmaking
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
4.
Executive Command Publisher: Filament Games
Sim creates light version of being the President of the United States
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
5.
iCivics Visit Website: http://www.icivics.org/
Assortment of exceptionally well-designed games demystifies government
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
6.
Win the White House Publisher: iCivics.org
Student-driven run for U.S. president makes the election process real
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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Zinn Education Project Visit Website: https://zinnedproject.org/
Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
8.
Tiki-Toki Visit Website: http://www.tiki-toki.com/
Create stunning multimedia timelines for any project or purpose
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
9.
Your Commonwealth Visit Website: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
10.
Historypin Visit Website: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Smarthistory Visit Website: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/
Bring traditional art education to life with fresh, interactive multimedia
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
12.
Democracy 3 Publisher: Positech Games
Nuanced political sim about the balancing act of government
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
13.
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
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3