Have your students signed up for individual accounts? If you have a school-wide subscription to BrainPOP, students will be able to use our SnapThought ® tool to play Mission US: For Crown or Colony?

The SnapThought tool allows students to capture meaningful moments in their game play with opportunities for brief written reflection. To use the tool, start by making sure students are logged into My BrainPOP with their own individual accounts. Once students are logged in, the SnapThought tool will appear below any games that offer this capability.

During game play, students can click the SnapThought tool up to five times. A thumbnail, or “snapshot” is generated and stored on the bottom left of the screen.  At any point in the game, students can click their snapshot(s), type a brief reflection, which may be a response to an open-ended prompt, and save or submit to the teacher’s account for you to review and respond to.

You can use the SnapThought tool to facilitate discussion around game play and strategies, or have students submit their snapshots to you for assessment or accountability. Here are a few ideas and prompts for using the SnapThought tool in the different parts of Mission US: For Crown or Colony?:

  • Part 1: New in Town:  Nat encounters people who have different views than him. Take a snapshot of one of these encounters and write how your views, as Nat, differ.
  • Part 2: A Death in Boston: Mr. Lillie’s shop has been defaced. Take a snapshot and explain why someone has written the word “Importer” on it.
  • Part 3: March of the Apprentices: People used to share ideas and political views in handwritten messages displayed in public places. Take a snapshot of this in the game. How is this sharing of information the same and different than how we share information today.
  • Part 4: From Bad to Worse: After you witness the Boston Massacre, take a snapshot and describe what happened on King St.
  • Part 5: Epilogue: What do you think about the Sons of Liberty dumping the tea in the water in protest? Take a snapshot and share your opinion.