History & Social Studies

  • Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey

    In Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey, players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions.  As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne's persistence through conflict and national transformation.

    Grades: 6-8
  • Mission US: Flight to Freedom

    Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The second game, "Flight to Freedom," takes place in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio, and begins in summer 1848. The game is divided into five parts, as well as a framing prologue and epilogue. Students play this interactive adventure game and assume the role of Lucy. As the game opens, Lucy is a young slave on the King family’s plantation outside of Lexington.

    Grades: 6-8
  • Mission US: For Crown or Colony?

    Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The first game, "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.

    Grades: 6-8
  • PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Journalism and News Literacy Curriculum

    PBS News Hour's Student Reporting Labs connect students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports.

    Use our journalism and news literacy curriculum resources to help students produce high-quality, relevant stories that connect your community to national and global current events. Click on the photo above for an outline of the curriculum.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Student Reporting Labs: Military Families

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 11th, 2013.

    On Veterans Day, most Americans think of the men and women in uniform. But military life also has a huge effect on their children.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Student Reporting Labs React to Newtown

    When breaking news is reported, stories often lack a youth voice or perspective. After the tragic shooting of 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Student Reporting Labs mobilized its youth journalists and asked them to interview their peers about the tragedy.

    Grades: 8-12