I don’t have many fond memories of primary school. But one thing stood out: I always had great history teachers.
One private school I attended had games as an integral part of our history classes, which I would later recognize as what we call “RPGs.” They weren’t on the computer, a lot of pen and paper stuff, but I don’t remember enough details to know if it was something the school itself had put together ad hoc or if this was a formal curriculum the school was using. In 3rd grade, we were pilgrims who came to America (complete with rolling dice to see how well we could bargain with the Native Americans). In 4th grade, we traversed the Oregon Trail (breaking wagons and all). In 5th grade, we fought the Civil War (with more kids on the Union side, so us randomly chosen to be Confederates were guaranteed to lose!).
I’ve tried looking for information on this sort of RPG-curriculum online…I’m left to google word combos like “classroom rpgs american history” and haven’t found much of anything. Anybody know any websites which discuss this sort of teaching method?