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Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case

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Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case

Game for students to engage in critical thinking and historical inquiry


Provided by PBS Wisconsin


  • As the plot unfolds, players come across primary source materials.
  • Players use the same skills as real historians: investigation, identification, corroboration and contextualizing evidence.
  • To win each challenge, players must piece together the evidence to argue their case.
  • The game was designed by WPT Education, Field Day Lab, and a cohort of 3rd-5th grade social studies teachers, and was tested by students throughout the state of Wisconsin.