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Reacting and its pedagogy have been featured and studied in numerous books and essays.  Browse these featured readings to learn more about how reacting games can help your students learn history.


Minds on Fire: How Role Immersion Games Transform College

In Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College, Mark Carnes shows how role-immersion games channel students’ competitive (and sometimes mischievous) impulses into transformative learning experiences.

ISBN: 978-0-674-73535-4

Minds on Fire is available for purchase here.

Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past 

Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices  provides classroom practice and research studies that verify Reacting to the Past (RTTP) as a high impact practice for student learning and engagement.

ISBN: 978-3-319-61746-6

Playing to Learn is available for purchase here.

Game Designer's Handbook 

Professor Nicolas Proctor, currently the Chair of the Editorial Board for the Reacting Consortium, guides game designers through the best practices for creating effective and engaging Reacting to the Past games.

ISBN: 978-1-460-91690-2

Game Designer's Handbook (Fourth Edition) is available for purchase here.


Using Role Playing to Keep Students Engaged

by Amy Curry

"Using Role Playing to Keep Students Engaged" in Norton Learning Blog, December 18, 2020.

Reimagining the U.S. History Course

by Steven Mintz

"Reimagining the U.S. History Course" in Higher Ed Gamma blog, May 10, 2021.

How to Make Your Teaching More Engaging

by Sarah Rose Cavanagh

"How to Make Your Teaching More Engaging: Advice Guide" in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2021.

Using RTTP to Foster Vigorous Active Learning

by Genevieve Amaral

"Using 'Reacting to the Past' Role-Playing Games to Foster Vigorous Active Learning" in Temple University EDvice Exchange, November 2019.

Be Open to New Learning Methods

by Jordan Boyer

"Be open to new learning methods, experiences" in The Daily Eastern News, March 6, 2019.

Role-Playing the Progressives of 1912

by John Moser, interviewed by Ellen Tucker

"Role-Playing the Progressives of 1912: John Moser’s new Reacting to the Past Game" in We the Teachers blog, March 10, 2020.

Role-Playing the French Revolution

by Meghan Roberts

"Role-Playing the French Revolution, Reacting to the Past in the Classroom" in Age of Revolutions blog, September 24, 2018.

Roleplaying Ancient Philosophy

by Caleb Cohoe

"Roleplaying Ancient Philosophy: Using Reacting to the Past in the Classroom" in Endoxa: An Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Blog, October 24, 2018.

Making History Real

by Jiaxin Wu

"Making History Real: Role-Playing Games as Pedagogy" in Duke Learning Innovation blog, July 15, 2019

Scaling Up High-Impact Instruction 

by Colleen Flaherty
"Scaling Up High-Impact Instruction." in Inside Higher Ed, September 28, 2016.

New series of grants seek to help institutions embed Reacting to the Past and other high-impact teaching practices in the undergraduate curriculum.

Reacting to the Past Will Revive Your Teaching 

by José Bowen

"Reacting to the Past Will Revive Your Teaching" in Teaching Naked Blog, July 15, 2016.

How to Think About the Past

by Daniella J. Greenbaum

"How to Think About the Past" in Commentary, June 23, 2016.


Reviews of Role-Playing Classroom Games: RTTP

by James A. Secord, David Pace, Yidi Wu, Jessica Blatt, Sean Jacobs, Saundra Schwartz, Rebecca Ard Boone, Suzanne M. Marilley, and M. Alison Kibler

"Reviews of Role-Playing Classroom Games: Reacting to the Past" in The American Historical Review, February 2020.

Adapting an "American" Pedagogy to Australasia

by Jennifer Frost, Michaela J. R. Selway, Sara Buttsworth, Thomas C. Buchanan, Nicole Tarulevicz, and Edward Palmer

"Adapting an “American” Pedagogy to Australasia in the Age of COVID-19" in Australasian Journal of American Studies, December 2020.

Reacting to the (Public) Past™️

by Katie Stringer Clary

"Reacting to the (Public) Past™: Innovations in Public History Pedagogy" in International Public History, 2019.

The Impact of RTTP in French

by David Eick and Janel Pettes Guikema

"Games as 'Defining Moments' of the College Experience: The Impact of Reacting to the Past in French" in The French Review, December 2019.

Gaming the Guerrilla Girls

by Marie Gasper-Hulvat

"Gaming the Guerrilla Girls" in Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching, December 2018.

Teaching Philosophy Through a Role-Immersion Game: RTTP

by Kathryn E. Joyce, Andy Lamey, and Noel Martin

"Teaching Philosophy Through a Role-Immersion Game: Reacting to the Past" in Teaching Philosophy, June 2018.

Role Immersion in a History Course

by Thomas C. Buchanan and Edward Palmer

"Role immersion in a history course: Online versus face-to-face in Reacting to the Past" in Computers & Education, May 2017.

Harnessing Students' Competitive Spirit

by Christine L. Albright

"Harnessing Students' Competitive Spirit: Using Reacting to the Past to Structure the Introductory Greek Culture Class" in The Classical Journal, February-March 2017.

All the World's a Stage?

by Steven J. Stroessner, Laurie Susser Beckerman, and Alexis Whittaker

"All the world’s a stage? Consequences of a role-playing pedagogy on psychological factors and writing and rhetorical skill in college undergraduates." in Journal of Educational Psychology, 2009.

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