This card game was born out of an effort familiar to many teachers of U.S. Government; how do you make obscure concepts like the legislative process come alive for students? Sure, you can describe how frustrating and lengthy the process is, but how do you get them to connect with it on a meaningful level to facilitate understanding?
This game is my attempt to address this issue. I tried my best to make it simple enough to teach in a class period but complex enough to remain true to the process of law making so it can be used as a teaching and learning tool.
In the game, students collect congressmen and use them to push bills through the legislatuve branch and to the presidents desk. They score points for passing historic legislation (like the National Park Act, The Marshall Plan, the National Roads Bill, etc) Through playing this game, students will learn..
- How bills become laws
- The lives and accomplishments of some of our most celebrated (and vilified) legislators.
- Rules, maneuvers, and terms associated with the legislative process (veto, filibuster, quorum, floor vote, etc)
In choosing the laws and congressmen to appear in the game, I did my best to choose from across the country and its history. Some I avoided because of their controversial nature, others were put on center stage because of it.
This game was designed and tested over an 8 month period but improvement can no doubt still be made. I hope you can tweak it to make it more meaningful to your students so you and they both enjoy it.