May 10

posted May 10, 2012, 4:59 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated May 10, 2012, 5:01 AM ]
Today is the LAST DAY to complete your Redistricting Game experience and report on how it went for you. Keep in mind that you may not complete all the missions in class (though you can keep playing it outside of class as much and as long as you want) but you should have enough experience with the games to complete the assessment questions below:

When you finish reading the article, working with the FAQs, and playing a number of the games, you're ready to explain what you've learned. 

Read one more article from the Seattle Times called "Vancouver activist asks court to toss state redistricting plan" then write a brief description of your experiences and your thoughts, making sure you answer the following questions (either one by one, or as part of a brief essay):

  1. Why is redistricting necessary?
  2. Which of the game missions was the most difficult to win? Why?
  3. In your opinion, is it a good idea to create a majority-minority district when possible (see Mission 4 or Seattle Times article)? Why?
  4. How important is redistricting in terms of changing or preserving the types of people and groups that have power in government? Explain.
Share your answers/essay by placing a link in the Class DropBox.

After you complete your games and assessment, you'll want to get a start on our next unit of study: State and Local Governments (see attached PDF below).  Your first homework assignment is due tomorrow, so if you don't get a start on it in class today, get it done tonight!

1. The State Legislatures (24.1)

 pages 631-637

Questions 2-6

Due 5/11

Peter Knowles,
May 10, 2012, 4:59 AM