Teacher Review for The ReDistricting Game

There is no better way to understand gerrymandering than the ReDistricting Game

Brian R.
Classroom teacher
East Orange Campus High School
East Orange, United States
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The ReDistricting Game is great for teaching about gerrymandering and congressional redistricting. I typically use it with my AP Government class. First, I teach them about Congressional redistricting and gerrymandering. Then, I model how to complete the first mission of the ReDistricting Game. Then, I let them loose with the other missions. Here's a more detailed look at how to use the ReDistricting Game to teach gerrymandering. If you have a limited number of computers, you can pair students up and have them play together. It's actually more challenging - and possibly more effective - to have one student explain to another what they should do in the game.
My Take
I love the ReDistricting Game because it is a really authentic way to understand gerrymandering. Students get to actually draw Congressional districts in such a way as to benefit one political party or the other. Typically, students understand gerrymandering in the abstract, but this makes it very real.