THE COURSE IS THE GAME. THE GAME IS THE COURSE.
You arrive for your first day of Latin class. At first it seems no different from any other class you’ve ever started. How can you know that from this moment forward your world will change completely? Or that you will be responsible for helping to save civilization from forces seeking to destroy it?
Operation LAPIS is a two-year introductory curriculum in Roman civilization and the Latin language in the form of mission to save the world by learning how to find and read a crucial inscription. As a member of a team of operatives controlling young Romans in a text-based simulation of the ancient world, you will need to gain the skills that will let you locate and analyze the LAPIS SAECULORUM: the stone of the ages.
CARD-tamen™, which comes in several editions, each tailored to a different learning-domain, is The Pericles Group's stand-alone card game that plays a role also in our practomimetic curricula like Operation LAPIS and Operation BIOME. Players win the game by constructing a persuasive argument about the subject matter in relation to a controversial topic; thus, as with all The Pericles Group's practomimetic products, learning objective and play objective come together to foster authentic learning.
Operation BIOME is a full-year game-based (practomimetic) course in biology. Over the course of eight major missions, students collaboratively work to recover a legendary artifact, the Genetic Codex, which contains the genetic information of every organism that has ever lived. This makes the students' end goal -- the ability to interpret the importance and influence of DNA on all life -- the same from both narrative and academic perspectives.
The Pericles Group is developing further practomimetic curricula, with the crucial help of domain experts. In addition to the sequel to Operation LAPIS, designed for the new Latin AP standards, Operation CAESAR, look for courses in Greek civilization (Operation MENIS), and units in English Language Arts like Operation CANTERBURY and the first installment of Operation GLOBE (Romeo and Juliet) in the future.