Ideals and Images

Grade Range: 3-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 4/16/2018

Ideals and Images invites students to share their own understandings of and perspectives on core American concepts, through a playful and thought provoking dialogue-based game.

The learning begins with the guiding questions: Do Americans have shared ideals? What do they look like?​Students investigate this question by closely examining words that express American ideals, selecting images from a provided deck that best illustrates their interpretation of the word, and them comparing their choices to others in their group. 

Since the founding of the American republic, when the power of the nation was entrusted not in a monarchy but in its citizens, each generation has questioned and considered how to form “a more perfect union.” The American Experiments suite of educational games builds off of this question by challenging students to think about their roles and responsibilities within their democracy.