Head to Head: History Makers

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 4/16/2018

Head to Head invites students to think deeply about how American history has been shaped in countless ways by people in different eras and from diverse backgrounds.

The learning begins with the guiding question: Who changed American more? This simple question has no one right answer and can open up new ways of understanding how the nation was shaped into what it is today. Through a sports-playoff-style bracket, students make their case, debate matchups, and ultimately choose who they think shaped America the most.

Since the founding of the American republic, when the power of the nation was entrusted not in a monarchy but in its citizens, each generation has questioned and considered how to form “a more perfect union.” The American Experiments suite of educational games builds off of this question by challenging students to think about their roles and responsibilities within their democracy. 


National Standards

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)

Common Core State Standards (Grades K-12)

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (Grades 6-8)

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (Grades 9-12)