While students struggle to understand threats to our nation’s democracy, teachers can turn to the National Conference of State Legislatures' “American Democracy Game” to help students understand how they can participate to make a positive difference in our country’s future.
The American Democracy Game puts late elementary and middle school students in the shoes of a lawmaker where their decisions impact game play and the outcome of each level. Students earn stars at the completion of each level based on integrity, respect, compromise, honesty, and commitment.
The three levels of the game task students with navigating legislation regarding a community dog park, mandatory after school exercise and changing the voting age.
The American Democracy Game teaches the concepts of representative democracy—that every individual has equal rights and value, for example, that compromise is necessary at times, and that the minority still has rights under majority rule.
The American Democracy Game is created by The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and developed by d’Vinci Interactive. The game was originally created in 2010 and recently modernized into a fresh learning experience.
“Democracy really starts at the local level and the American Democracy Game shows students how to participate in democratic process and be good, fair leaders in service of their communities,” said d’Vinci COO Mason Scuderi.
“The American Democracy Game helps students understand their role in effecting change and being a part of the solution. The game will help shape tomorrow’s best leaders today,” added Caroline Carlson, director of the Foundation for State Legislatures.
Students will find The American Democracy Game on the NCSL website.