Don’t give a darn, give “a Hamilton” or even “a McKinley"!
Kids who learn history through “being history” internalize the living, breathing legacy that we possess as Americans.
Coming of Age in America (CoA) is a program designed at the Game Loft using role play to teach Maine and U.S. history. Think Dungeons & Dragons without the dungeon and the dragon and you are on the right track.
We are proud members of the Idea of America Network (http://ideaofamericanetwork.org/) dedicated to the values that formed our nation and are shaping our future.
Designed for high school students and currently run as an Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) for elective credit through our partner school, Mt. View High School in Thorndike, Maine. The course is run for 5-10 students and provides an in-depth look at the technology, sociology, politics, religion, and cultural mores of a small town in mythical Norumbega County, Maine, during a particular era.
Coming of Age in America focuses on the lives and histories of young people growing up in Maine. Each unit begins in early childhood and takes the group to the crisis of its generation. Modules for the Civil War, the age of exploration, the American Revolution, the 1960’s, and the 1880’s have been presented over the past ten years.
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