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On-line game teaches principles of democracy

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American Democracy, an on-line role-playing game available through the National Conference of State Legislators, aims at helping students in grades 6-8 understand the workings of democracy in a fun, engaging way. 

The game is free for users and can be accessed at democracygame.org. There are three levels of adventure in which users take on the role of an elected official, receiving their own office and staff. They must listen closely to their constituents, learn the particulars of each issue, and interact and compromise with their fellow legislators.

Each level covers a different issue and concentrates on different elements of the democratic process. Feedback is given at the end of every level showing users how effective they were serving as a representative.

The site also includes a teacher’s page for help with implementation, as well as providing collateral materials to help teachers review their students’ progress.

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