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Teach the Civil Rights Movement
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Theory

Compromise in Politics

Why is sudden change difficult in a democracy? How can grassroots political movements influence society and politics?

Teacher Resources

  • Theory: This lesson provides a short overview of the Civil Rights Movement and how change in a democratic society occurs.
  • Play: The students play the game and try to resolve conflicts.
  • Share & Discuss: These tasks focus on the playing experience and approaching it critically.

This lesson focuses on the interconnected societal reality of politics. In other words, the game is used to illustrate how every decision made in politics has far-reaching consequences, both subtle and overt.

A good example of the interconnected changes of political action, ranging from grassroots to large-scale reforms and their effects is the civil rights movement. The game offers limited simulation of civil rights issues, but operates on the same real-world logic: with enough desire for change from the population, the leaders must enact sufficient reforms.

The Civil Rights Movement (CRM)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Teacher Resources

Below is a list of sources on the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) in the United States, exploring its effects on politics and society. It is a good idea to supplement these sources with your own.

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Lesson Goal

  1. Consider which are the most efficient policies you can enact in the game. How do they apply to real life?
  2. Is it possible to make every group in the game happy? Why? Why not?
  3. How can you make the population as happy as possible in the game? Would it work in real life?

Gameplay screenshot.

Teacher Resources

Unlike the first lesson, this one focuses on considering real-world phenomena with the aid of the game. The idea is to use this slide to introduce concepts and assignments the students consider while playing.

While the students are playing, you may give them further tasks, help them with any potential issues they have playing the game and so on.

How to Play

To begin, click the New Game button.

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Select your desired country at the bottom, then click on Play.

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To begin, click Play again. Before starting, you can also modify some of the game settings, such as the number of terms you can have.

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Playing Together

Gameplay screenshot.

Teacher Resources

Since the game is turn-based, it is possible to effortlessly play it in groups. If you so wish, every student can play the game in pairs or in small groups. It is recommended, however, that these groups are small enough to keep the game going.

Working in pairs may be optimal, as students need to discuss their strategies and can consider the tasks together while they play. You may also have some students play the game alone and some in pairs, if you think that is best for your group.

Need Help?

Gameplay screenshot.

Teacher Resources

Even after the first tutorial lesson, it is possible that some students will have trouble succeeding in the game. If this occurs, there are several things you can try to make the experience more educational and enjoyable:

  • Begin a new game and set the difficulty very low with the slider. This dramatically reduces the chances of being assassinated.
  • Have the student change the nation they play in to keep the experience fresh.
  • Pair the student up with another one, who is not having trouble with the game.
  • If all else fails, you can assign writing tasks or other assignments for the student. Playing relevant videos is also a possibility.

Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • In the game, the most efficient policies are ones which have multiple minor effects, and not drastic changes. Is this the same in real life?
  • How does happiness work in the game? How does voter happiness work in real life?

Tasks after Playing

  • The game doesn’t perfectly capture the current struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Write a report on what the game would need for the simulation to be realistic.
  • Compare the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s with the current Black Lives Matter group. What is the same? What is different?

Additional Tasks

  • If you didn’t already, play 2 different countries in the game. How are they different? How are they similar? Do you think they are represented faithfully?
  • Some policies can alter the membership of groups in the game. Is it a viable strategy to use policy to reduce membership in certain groups with political pressure? (such as smokers or nationalists)