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Books, essays, and articles

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.


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

Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past 

Edited by: C. Edward Watson and Thomas Chase Hagood

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

Game Designer's Handbook

By: Nick Proctor

Professor Nicolas Proctor, currently the Executive Director 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


Teaching American History

Role-Playing the Progressives of 1912

by John Moser, interviewed by Ellen Tucker


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Role Immersion in a History Course

by Thomas C. Buchanan and Edward Palmer

Harnessing Students' Competitive Spirit

by Christine L. Albright

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All the World's a Stage?

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

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

Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association

Adapting an "American" Pedagogy to Australasia

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

Reacting to the (Public) Past™️

by Katie Stringer Clary

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The Impact of RTTP in French

by David Eick and Janel Pettes Guikema

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Gaming the Guerrilla Girls

by Marie Gasper-Hulvat

Teaching Philosophy Through a Role-Immersion Game: RTTP

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

A full list of Reacting books, articles, and peer-reviewed essays can also be found on our bibliography page.

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