Who Am I? - A History Mystery
The American History Museum has a great little flash game: Who Am I? After looking through the museum's online exhibit: The Price of Freedom (section three covers the Civil War) and beginning to study the Civil War this game could be used in a number of different ways.
Using primary sources (writings ad objects) individuals involved in the Civil War are quickly brought to life. This simple, short game could be used as a discussion starter, a project starter, a class ending activity or even, a way to introduce a Civil War unit.
In a middle school or high school classroom students could play the game, pick one of the individuals and, using the game as a jumping off point, could do more research on the individual to create a presentation for the rest of the class. It is a wonderful way to make a topic, like the Civil War, more relevant to students.