This realistic simulation takes six real-life decisions that the Roman Republic was faced with in ancient times. Your students play the role of a senator, consul, or assembly member. They discuss and debate laws, earning "chips" along the way depending on how they vote. The system is set up to favor the wealthy, which is what life really was like in Rome. This will give your students a feeling of what life was like. They will debate among their groups and class to decide on laws and ultimately vote. If they make good decisions, they will earn chips. If not, they may lose chips and even be eliminated from the game. The PowerPoint has links to different outcomes based on how the students vote, so they can see the results of their actions!
It's a blast to play with your class - watch them get involved and passionate about history and government!