How to play: Student Instructions
- Create a FREE iCivics account so you can save scores and game progress. Each Quest is paired within an existing iCivics game.
- Download a copy of the Game Odyssey Quest Map on your desktop or device. This is where you will add all your Quest Badges!
- Start at Level 1, Quest 1. You will move across each level to complete.
- Open the Quests below to reveal your mission for each game. Each Quest includes a scoring point total that you should aim to achieve.
- If you successfully complete the Quest and score within the point totals, claim the completion Badge on the last page and add it to your Game Odyssey Quest Map.
- Before exiting the game, make sure to take a screenshot of your Game Certificate on the last screen of the game to keep an official record of your points.
- Didn’t hit the scoring point total? Don’t worry. You can always play again!
- Complete the Game Odyssey by successfully completing all levels to become a Civic Boss with the ultimate bragging rights!
Level 1. Protecting Your Rights
Level 2. Election Season
In the Game Odyssey, students will:
- Learn or review civic content
- Manage self-paced tasks and learning goals
- Apply decision-making skills to problem solve through game challenges
- Create your own copy of the Game Odyssey Map and each Game Quest.
- Share the Game Odyssey Map and Game Quests with your students. Don't forget to select the option to make a copy for each student. (Note: You can delete the first slide of the presentations if students automatically have their own copies.)
- Instruct students to complete the Quest mission directly in their copy and turn it in when done. Once completed, students can claim their Badge at the end of the Quest and add it to their Game Odyssey Map.
- (Optional) Each Quest contains a Google Forms Mini-Quiz. See instructions below if you’d like to make your own copy to see students’ answers.
Gain Access to the Google Forms Mini-Quizzes in each Quest:
Each Quest contains a Google Forms Mini-Quiz. The quiz is intended for students to review what they have learned. Students will be able to see their answers when done. If you'd like to change these settings or see your students' answers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE assigning the Quest for edit access to your own copy of the quiz. You'll need to insert the link for your copy into the Quest presentation before assigning the Quest to your students.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do my students need iCivics accounts to play?
An iCivics account is not a requirement for gameplay; however, with accounts, students are able to save and return to their game progress. Setting up student accounts is easy. For help, see here.
2. Are there different point values for each game?
Yes, each game has a unique threshold. For the Game Odyssey, we've set a reasonable range for students to reach. If students do not earn the required point value on the first gameplay, we recommend encouraging them to play again. With each gameplay, students will become more comfortable with civic knowledge and skills.
3. How do my students take a screenshot of their game certificate?
Students will need to take a screenshot or save their game certificate as a part of each Quest. Share this short video tutorial with your students for instructions.
4. How do I verify that students earned their Badge?
The best way to verify that students earned their badge is to check their Game Quest slideshow and game certificate. Students must demonstrate to you evidence of both their learning and completion in each Game Quest slideshow.
5. Why can't I see the answers to my students' Mini-Quiz?
In order to see your students' responses, you will need to request access to the Mini-Quiz BEFORE your students complete the Quest. To request access, please email support@iCivics.org from your school associated email address.
6. How do students pause the game to fill out the questions in the Game Quest?
In most cases, gameplay pauses when a student has a character's text (speech) bubble open. Students can also press the HELP screen to pause the game. You may wish to instruct students to open the game in one tab and the Quest slideshow in another to complete them side-by-side.
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