From: Jess Thyne
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Date: 29 Oct 1996
I think that you are right. I think that the motivation for kids may be lower because of less interest in the subject, but a bigger problem may be that they don't understand the historical idea behind the game, and thus may not be able to play it without some formal instruction.
I remember in 5th grade, my class played Pioneers. It was a role playing game where the teacher would explain the situation of the pioneers, and we would pretend to be them. It was a lot like Oregon trial, but without graphics. I don't think that I could have understood the game with a lot' of instruction in the background subject matter