Branches of Power is a great Web resource I blogged about back in 2010. When I originally posted this, either I skipped over the teacher resources, or they hadn’t been fully developed yet. Visit them today and prepare to be impressed!
Please read the iLearn Technology post to learn more about the features of the game and what others think about it.
iCivics, the group that designed this game, also offers lots more resources to help any Social Studies or Language Arts classroom. Their Branches of Power Curriculum Units page has resources for Foreign Affairs, State and Local Government, Politics & Public Policy, Budget, Foundations of Government, and Citizenship & Participation. There are even Persuasive Writing lessons, so you can support your local English/Language Arts teachers as we all work together toward mastery of the National Common Core State Standards! All of the games and simulations include extensive lesson plans and supporting materials.
iCivics also has games to help students in a variety of areas:
- Citizenship & Participation
- Constitution & The Bill of Rights
- Separation of Powers
- The Executive Branch
- The Legislative Branch
- The Judicial Branch
The games are also divided into time-frame categories: Some take less than 15 minutes, some take 15-30 minutes, and some take more than a half-hour to complete. While I haven’t looked through all the games on the site, I would expect most of them to be geared toward the Middle School and High School grades.
Learn more about iCivics by flipping through their virtual brochure, below: