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1 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com What Is? The Civic Mirror What kind of citizen will you become?

2 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com What Is? The Civic Mirror What kind of citizen will you become?

3 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com

4 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview THE CIVIC MIRROR STARTS WITH A

5 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview Each student becomes a citizen who must provide for a

6 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview …

7 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview

8 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview But … Because there are not enough goods and services to go around, conflict arises as citizens compete to provide for their families.

9 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview OK … so you might be thinking… How does this work? How do students live in a country? How do they get what they need? Does each student have his/her own country, does everyone share one?

10 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview Every Civic Mirror country is a 36-Hex Map! There exists both an economy & a natural environment. A class of students lives in ONE country, and … The actions of one affect all!

11 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview The hex map serves as a civic mirror. As students progress through the simulation, their hex map evolves to reflect their collective struggles, political debate, and individual ups & downs. Each hex simulates something unique about society.

12 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview All Hexes fall into 1 of 3 categories:

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14 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview A QUICK RECAP Everyone lives in the same 36-hex country There are Wilderness, Business, & Residence hexes Everyone has a fictitious family that they need to provide for …

15 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview A QUICK RECAP (contd) Students who own hexes operate them as they like And due to economic scarcities built into the game, some Families will suffer more than others So ….

16 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview Because everyone is affected by the decisions of the hex owners, conflict arises as citizens debate over how the owners should manage their property and assets.

17 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview And to prevent their country from slipping into a CHAOTIC MESS, students must somehow GOVERN themselves!

18 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview So participants (students) are left to their own devices to provide for their fictitious families, This creates player stakes. These stakes motivate players to participate in the political, civic, and judicial events that occur in the classroom.

19 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview And !!! Each participant is given a political, economic, and/or ideological Hidden Agenda.

20 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview The whole scenario begs the participants to govern themselves and institute law and order. They immediately begin asking questions like… o Can he do that to me? o Would I get in trouble if …? o Why doesnt somebody stop her? Or at least say something!? o Would I score points if taxes were raised?

21 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview Now that we understand how the scenario works and how it generates interest, lets learn how it sets up classroom events that simulate the U.S. and/or Canadian system of government, law, and economics. The Civic Mirror is played in rounds, called Years. And every country starts in the Year Every Year is made up of 4 in-class events, called Seasons. And instructors decide how many Seasons are played.

22 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Season 1 in the U.S. Module

23 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Season 1 in the U.S. Module Simulated U.S. Govt. Event WINTER

24 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview Season 1 in the Canadian Module

25 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Civic Mirror Overview Simulated House of Commons WINTER Season 1 in the Canadian Module

26 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Season 2 in All Modules

27 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Season 3 in All Modules

28 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Season 3 in All Modules Town Hall Set Up

29 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Season 4 in All Modules

30 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com Season 4 in All Modules National Court Set-Up FALL

31 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com CIVICMIRROR.COM CIVICMIRROR.COM also comes with Web 2.0 Tools that allow teachers and students to continue their learning and discussions and debate beyond the classroom walls. Online discussion forums Wiki technology Live chat room CM Library (educators can share and collaborate on teaching ideas) CM Mail (everyone has their own inbox for private messages)

32 The Civic Mirror civicmirror.com STUDENT REFLECTION I really learned a lot this term working with Civic Mirror. I liked how everyone had their own agendas and how we had to research the different forms of government so that we could accomplish them to the best of our ability. It was fun to try to find all the dictators and stop them. I also really liked how you had to learn to come together as a community and try to keep everyone alive, we had a lot of dead people after the first couple years. The trials and law making parts were a lot of fun and I really found them informational as I am thinking about a job in criminal justice next year. This made learning fun and I learned more in this class than any of my other classes this year. ~ M.B. Chemawa Indian School Senior

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