Charter Students Revolt in a Live, Interactive Game of American History

Eighth grade students at the Sussex County Charter School for Technology had their own revolution for a week during an interactive version of American history.

Students were challenged to immerse themselves in what it would be like to be different characters from the American Revolution. Each of the school’s 75 eighth graders were given a part from the Revolution that they played all week. Half of the class and some of the staff played the part of British Loyalists and the other half played the part of American Patriots.

Students stood every time an adult entered the room and were taxed for eating junk food at lunch. Some students were even called to the King’s (Vice Principal’s) office for being traitors.

“Our school-wide revolution is always an exciting week at the Charter School,” said the British Queen (and Administrative Principal), Jill Eckel. “Students and teachers really get into their characters, which enables them to learn in a first-hand, interactive way how our U.S. rights were shaped by leadership, citizenship, and knowledge.”

The Sussex County Charter School for Technology is an innovative public school of choice, aligned with Common Core State Standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, serving middle school students in the county and surrounding areas. The school’s focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math promotes active learning and embraces multiple learning needs and styles in a challenging environment. The interactive learning community encourages every student to grow academically, socially, and emotionally into responsible individuals who are ready to make a successful transition into high school and beyond.