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Community in Crisis Educator Tools

Here you’ll find all the teacher and student resources you need to get started with Community in Crisis!




Introduction to Community in Crisis

Community in Crisis is one of three middle-school literacy learning games in the Read to Lead Suite. Learn more in this one minute introductory video!

Getting Started Resources and Lesson Plans

Program Overview

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

Getting Started

Pregame Lessons help students access prior knowledge and practice the essential 21st Century skills needed to be successful during gameplay.
Planning Documents provide everything you need to roll out Community in Crisis before students play the game. To work with our Google Docs, please read our three-step directions.

Out of School Time: After and Summer School

Engage youth in a 7-9 day project that centers on leadership, collaboration, and civic engagement. Download our facilitator and pacing guides designed specifically for After and Summer School leaders.

Extension Lessons

Students can apply the knowledge and skills learned during gameplay with these extension lessons.

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.