Teaching American Politics: Civic Exercises

View additional American politics simulations, games, activities and assignments from APSA Educate below. 

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Single Class Activities

Rachel Bzostek Walker - Creating a Political Party and Platform Activity

Rachel Bzostek Walker - Creating a Government Class Assignment

Rachel Bzostek Walker - Amending the Constitution Activity

Richard Holtzman - Mapping Policy Issues: A Simple, Active-Learning Exercise for Critical Thinking

Asynchronous / Virtual Activities

Tiffany Cartwright - Student Assignment on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights – WWII Internment Camps

Cammy Shay - Saving Our Fiscal Ship with Writing Assignment

Elsa Dias - American Politics Service Learning Assignment

John McMahon - Student Podcast Assignment

 Emily Sydnor - Voter Education Assignment

Wilsar Johnson - Budgeting for the Future

Ryan Emenaker - Hypothetical on Free Exercise Clause (Group Activity)

SNF Angora Case Studies

Peter Levine - Social Movement Case Study with Assignments: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Peter Levine - Social Movement Case Study with Assignments: The ISIAH Trash Referendum

Elizabeth McKenna and Hahrie Han - The AMOS Project and the Campaign for Universal Preschool

Multi-Class & Semester Long Activities

Patrick Stewart - Citizenship Quest - Game Instructions, Role-playing random identity and nationality generator

Renée Van Vechten -  Learn by doing: A bill passage simulation for Intro to American Politics students

Kimberly Saks McManaway - Service Guarantees Citizenship: American Politics Assignment

Emily Sweet-Cushman - Want to Build Students’ Civic Engagement? Teach Them How to Use Social Media

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