Civics Survivor is a role-playing game designed originally for the grade 10 Civics course in Ontario’s curriculum but is well-suited for any course in Middle or High School that covers civics related material.
The game enables students to build their own civilization on a desert island, leading them through managing resources, ordering civil life, and creating foreign policy.
The game, which requires 5 days, can serve as an introductory activity to a civics course, or as a review activity at the end in which students apply the theoretical lessons they’ve learned about government and society.
Here are the instructions:
1. Divide class into groups of 3-5 students
2. Distribute the Introductory Sheet, Part 1: Survival, and the accompanying tables for the students to fill out.
3. Distribute Part 2: Civil Life and the accompanying tables.
4. Distribute Part 3: Foreign Policy and the accompanying tables.
5. Distribute Part 4: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
6. Distribute the Island Map and Island Flag. (The map can be distributed anytime after Part 1)
7. After each group has completed all the sections, distribute the “Tribal Council” sheet on which the students rate each group member’s participation and contribution.
8. There’s an additional – optional – assignment called “Island Memoir” which has each student write a short, creative piece about their ordeals on the island. This part is completed individually.
Rubrics for the Civics Survivor game and the Island Memoir are included.