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Community in Crisis Educator Tools

Learn more about the assessment types, obtain the latest Quick Start Guide, and access additional resources for your students.

Standards Addressed

Community in Crisis is designed around three target ELA Common Core State Standards that call on students to use foundational skills for reading informational text.

Embedded Assessments

In Community in Crisis, students apply their knowledge of the CCSS by interacting with text in several different ways.


By selecting among different options to build a presentation, students see the utility and advantage of integrating information in a variety of forms to create a cohesive message.

Multiple Choice

By choosing among several options, students make decisions about—and analyze—the text they’re reading. They also replace words in a draft with the most accurate vocabulary.


By manipulating multi-colored digital highlighters, students use an authentic practice of good readers by highlighting text for different purposes, such as to find details to support evidence or to cross out irrelevant details.

Educator Dashboard

Three different reports give educators useful data to inform instruction.

Class Progress Report

Get a quick overview of where students are in the game. Teachers can drill down through this report to see performance on an individual episode’s activity.

Class Performance Report

Access student or class performance on a given standard. Teachers can quickly sort a class by current task level to gauge how a class is doing overall.

Student Performance Report

Track individual student work on assessed activities. Teachers can see a student’s score, time on task, and the level of the task encountered. They are also provided with an answer key.

Quick Start Guide

This guide provides top-level guidance, including instructions for logging in, basic game navigation, and what to do if you get stuck, so you can immediately begin working with Community in Crisis.

Episode Summaries and Resources

This section provides pre-teach lessons and other resources for Community in Crisis, as well as overviews of each unit and episode of the game.

Activities Overview

See at-a-glance information on the pedagogical features of Community Crisis, especially as they relate to the Common Core State Standards.


These mini-lessons provide opportunities to teach students background information on hurricanes and of the role a director plays at a community-based organization.

Unit 1: Cooperation

Everyone working at the Common Ground Community Center has their hands full when they return to the office after Hurricane Dante has hit! People are lost, injured, or made homeless by the storm. Some staff members are squabbling about how to prioritize their work. The Director has a lot to juggle, and staff must cooperate to help the community at this critical time.

Unit 2: Responsibility

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dante, everyone at the Center must take on new responsibilities. Educational Programs Director, Gabe Walker, steps away from his usual role to post a job board to help Center clients who the storm has put out of work. When a particularly difficult client shows up, everybody plays hot potato with him until the Director steps in to sort out the problem.

Unit 3: Perspectives

The Center plans to sell what its Community Garden produces, and the Director must negotiate between the perspectives of two groups of volunteers. Later, after listening to ideas from staff, the Director chooses the best person to be interviewed on a morning news show. And when community residents start getting sick, the Director has to consider multiple perspectives before getting to the heart of the matter.

Unit 4: Integrity

A few small items are missing from the Center’s office, and now there’s concern about how much access Clive’s teen volunteers have to the office. Then the Director has to deal with a request from Pierre to get an advance on his salary so he can pay for repairs to his storm-damaged house. Finally, a troll is spreading rumors about Teresa. In all cases, the Director must maintain the Center’s standards of integrity.