For Legislators


Representative Democracy and You:

The American Democracy game was developed by the National Conference of State Legislatures to help young people, especially students in grades 6-8, better understand the workings of representative democracy.

This downloadable interactive presentation is designed for legislators and teachers to use with students to discuss representative democracy and introduce the American Democracy Game. This presentation, and the game itself, teach students about the importance of government in their daily lives, the kinds of people who represent them in legislatures at all levels, and how our elected officials use debate, negotiation and compromise to resolve disagreements on public policy issues. The speaking guide and resources are additional materials that legislators can choose to use for outreach with educators and students.

Legislator Presentation:

PowerPoint Presentation

Legislator Outreach Supplemental Materials:

Democracy Game Worksheet (.docx)

Democracy Game Worksheet (.pdf)

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