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Volume 46, No. 1
November 2012

Games in the History Classroom

Cover: 13r: Markgraf Otto von Brandenburg, from the Codex Manesse (Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift), ca. 1300-1340.

The Codex Manesse is a Liederhandschrift (manuscript of songs) published in Zurich in the fourteenth century containing portraits of and poems by over 100 poets from the German Middle Ages. This portrait of Margrave Otto von Brandenburg (Otto IV, 1266-1308) playing chess with a woman, presumably his wife, is available at Wikimedia Commons. The Codex Manesse is currently held at Universittsbibliothek Heidelberg (University Library Heidelberg), which hosts a full-text online version at

In addition to recreation, the game of chess can offer pedagogical uses, as John Pagnotti and William B. Russell III discuss in "Exploring Medieval Society with Chess: An Engaging Activity for the World History Classroom," which begins on page 29 of this special-focus issue on using games in the classroom.

The History Teacher
Volume 46, No. 1
November 2012

Front Matter | Back Matter


Navigating the Problem Space: The Medium of Simulation Games in the Teaching of History
  by Jeremiah McCall   (pp. 9-28)

Exploring Medieval European Society with Chess: An Engaging Activity for the World History Classroom
  by John Pagnotti and William B. Russell III   (pp. 29-43)

More Than a Game...Teaching in the Gamic Mode: Disciplinary Knowledge, Digital Literacy, and Collaboration
  by Jerremie Clyde and Glenn R. Wilkinson   (pp. 45-66)

A Pedagogical Trebuchet: A Case Study in Experimental History and History Pedagogy
  by Lee L. Brice and Steven Catania   (pp. 67-84)


Empowering Students Through History: The Giver as a Metaphor and Preparation for Studying History in the Secondary Classroom
  by Kristy A. Brugar   (pp. 85-94)


  by Jane Dabel, The History Teacher   (pp. 95-96)

Prelude to the American Revolution? The War of Regulation: A Revolutionary Reaction for Reform
  by Sarah Sadlier, Senior Division   (pp. 97-126)

All of Africa Will Be Free Before We Can Get a Lousy Cup of Coffee: The Impact of the 1943 Lunch Counter Sit-Ins on the Civil Rights Movement
  by Aarushi H. Shah, Junior Division   (pp. 127-147)


Full Reviews Section   (pp. 149-156)

Baum, Bruce and Duchess Harris, eds. Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity
  by Gaines M. Foster

Blackey, Robert. History: Core Elements for Teaching and Learning
  by Elise Fillpot

DeVitis, Joseph L., ed. Critical Civic Liberty: A Reader
  by Robert Shaffer

Harmer, Tanya. Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War
  by Kirk Tyvela

Lee, Wayne E., ed. Warfare and Culture in World History
  by Lee W. Eysturlid

McGuire, Danielle L. and John Dittmer, eds. Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement
  by Sondra Gordy


7   Contributors to The History Teacher
157   Questionnaire for Potential Reviewers
158   Membership/Subscription Information
160   Submission Guidelines for The History Teacher


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Lee L. Brice is an Associate Professor of History at Western Illinois University, where he teaches ancient history and aspects of medieval history. His publications include Recent Directions in the Military History of the Ancient World (Regina Books, 2011) and Greek Warfare: From Marathon to the Conquests of Alexander the Great (ABC-CLIO, 2012).

Kristy Brugar obtained her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She has taught social studies methods courses at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and currently teaches at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, she taught middle school history/social studies in Maryland and Michigan. Her research interests include interdisciplinary instruction and the impact of students' history knowledge and understanding.

Steven Catania is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Loyola University Chicago, where he is completing a dissertation focused on the intersection of constitutional monarchy, the public sphere, and court physicians in England during the long eighteenth century.

Jerremie Clyde (M.A., M.L.I.S., University of Alberta) is the Coordinator of Game Research and Instruction for the Centre for Arts and Culture and the Librarian for the subject areas of History and Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary. His current research includes both the digital humanities and digital game-based learning and combines his interests in philosophy, history, and games. Jerremie is also a local organic grower tending bees and vegetables for the Urban Sunflower market garden.

Jeremiah McCall has a Ph.D. in Greco-Roman history and authored The Cavalryof the Roman Republic (Routledge, 2011) and Sword of Rome: A Biography of Marcellus (Pen and Sword, 2012). He teaches history at Cincinnati Country Day School. A researcher and experimenter on the effective use of historical simulation games in education, McCall wrote Gaming the Past: Using Video Games to Teach Secondary History (Routledge, 2011), the first teachers' guidebook to effectively teaching with simulation games.

John Pagnotti earned his Ph.D. in Social Science Education at the University of Central Florida under the direction of Dr. William Russell. He currently serves in an instructional leadership role with the Fulton County Board of Education. His research interests include game-based learning, civic education, education reform, and project-based curriculum. Prior to his instructional leadership role, John was a middle and high school social studies teacher in Florida.

William B. Russell III is an Associate Professor of Social Science Education at the University of Central Florida, where he serves as the Ph.D. track coordinator of social science education. He also serves as the Director for the International Society for the Social Studies and is the editor of The Journal of Social Studies Research. He has authored/edited seven books and published more than forty-five refereed journal articles related to social studies education.

Sarah Sadlier is a National AP Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar, History Bee State Champion, History Bowl State Champion, Emerson Prize winner, Cum Laude inductee, National Merit Commended Student, and President's Volunteer Service Award recipient. She participated in varsity soccer, track, Knowledge Bowl, Science Bowl, Model U.N., student government, theatre, piano, and band. Sarah is currently attending Stanford University, where she is pursuing a triple major in history, Iberian and Latin American cultures, and biology.

Aarushi Shah is currently an eighth grade student in the Magnet Program at Mead Junior High School. Her academic interests include math, science, and foreign languages. She has been an active participant in Science Olympiad, and is currently a board member of Club Interact, which focuses on community service projects. Aarushi is also a volunteer at Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). During her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Glenn Wilkinson (Ph.D., Lancaster University) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in History at the University of Calgary and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His focus is on British and European cultural history, film and history, and military history. His book, Depictions and Images of War in Edwardian Newspapers, 1899-1914 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), combined media studies, cultural studies, and military history. He lives in Calgary with his activist wife and five children (daughter, son, and set of identical triplet girls) in chaotic bliss.

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