Short Role-playing Simulations for Middle School World History


Simulations related to ancient and medieval history for middle school students. These exciting activities put the students in the place of historical decision makers. Hands-on activities that help students get personally involved in history instead of being passive ...
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Short Role-playing Simulations for Middle School World History

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Simulations related to ancient and medieval history for middle school students. These exciting activities put the students in the place of historical decision makers. Hands-on activities that help students get personally involved in history instead of being passive listeners.
What students have said about Magnifico Publications’ simulations:

"This is by far the most fun I have had in a history class".

"I was never really interested in history before I played your simulations; they’re great!"

"The game made me feel like we actually there, living out history."

"We were still arguing over who had the better constitution over lunch and into Algebra class. I even took it home and worked on it, so that we could win the game today."

"All these years later, the thing I remember the best about your class was the simulations we played. Those were really fun games."

What teachers about Magnifico Publications’ simulations:

"My students loved the game. They didn’t want to stop!"

"The other simulations books I’ve seen are nice, but they are too detailed. Who has a week or more to spend on one event? I need something I can cover in a day or two because I have so much ground to cover in one year."

"This book is a great value; it has several good simulations for the price that most publishers charge for one."
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Editorial Reviews - Ryan Rost
I use the simulations in my middle school ancient civilizations classroom. Having a Masters in curriculum, I look for differentiation and these simulations more than qualify. For example, when studying cuneiform, the students love to make their own languages. Richard Di Giacomo has put a LOT of thought into all of the simulations he provides. --Ryan Rost, middle school teacher
e-mail - Ryan Vallery
Thank you for sharing your wonderful simulations. My classes have absolutely loved them…my students and I wish you had one for every possible lesson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983426745
  • Publisher: Magnifico Publications
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 115
  • Sales rank: 1,320,341
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San José State University with a B.A. in Ancient and Medieval history, a B.A. in Social Science and an M.A. in American History. He has been a teacher for 20 years and has taught in a variety of schools from private and continuation schools to public high schools. He has taught everything from at risk and limited English students to honors and college preparatory classes. The subjects he has taught include U.S. and World History, Government, Economics, Bible and Ethics, History of the Cold War, and Contemporary World History.
He has been a reviewer and contributor to textbooks, and a frequent presenter at social studies conferences on the use of simulations, videos, and computers in education. Rich’s love for role-playing and strategy games led him to develop his unique books which combine the open-ended outcomes of role-playing with the tough decisions made by people in times of historical crisis. Students often relate that these are their most memorable and enjoyable activities of the year. They bring history to life so vividly that students can’t seem to stop talking about the simulations long after class is over!
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