Civics is for everyone. Empower and equip English (ELs) and multilingual learners (MLs) with iCivics resources. We offer Spanish-language versions of our most popular games and leveled English Language Learning (ELL) supports throughout both the games and ancillary materials. We are committed to helping every student understand our system of government and be inspired to be civically engaged.
Many of iCivics games are available with EL supports and Spanish translations.
Do I Have a Right?
Play Time: 30+ min
Run a law firm and test your knowledge of constitutional rights.
Bilingual students speak about Do I Have A Right?
Branches of Power
Play Time: 30+ min
Learn to control all three branches of the U.S. government!
Tráiler en español
Play Time: 15-30 min
Argue real Supreme Court Cases, and put your lawyering skills to the test.
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- Each game offers the option to play in English or Spanish
- Games also include a glossary, gameplay scaffolds and an English-language voiceover
- Embedded & printable content guides
- Accompanying Extension Packs in English & Spanish
- Available on the web and as Apps to play on tablets
Which games have supports for ELs/MLs?
- Argument Wars / Guerra de argumentos
- Branches of Power / Los tres poderes
- Cast Your Vote / ¡A votar!
- Convene the Council / Convocar al Consejo
- Counties Work / Condados en acción and Counties Work: Texas
- Court Quest / Trayecto tribunal
- Do I Have a Right? / ¿Tengo algún derecho?
- Immigration Nation / Nación de inmigración
- LawCraft / Taller de leyes
- People’s Pie / El Pastel del Pueblo
- Win the White House / Camino a la Casa Blanca
To help you make the most out of learning, we now have Spanish-translated versions of our Extension Packs to accompany these games!
Extension Packs provide tips, instruction, and guidance on making the most of our games in the classroom. These extension activities build reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills – as well as content knowledge!
Made up of slides and a PDF document with printable activities, Extension Packs include these components:
- Pre-game activities to pre-teach critical content
- Vocabulary with practice activities to support vocabulary development
- Game play teaching strategies
- Post-game activities to reinforce what students have learned in the game
Read more about how to use and customize extension packs in your classroom!
Infographics introduce students to a new civics topic, as well as practice much-needed visual literacy skills.
Since infographics present information concisely, visually, and broken into manageable chunks, they are a great tool for ELs and MLs. Infographics are an excellent way to scaffold instruction and present content while meeting students’ language needs.
Along with infographics being great tools for teaching EL/ML students, iCivics has a growing library of Infographics available in Spanish.
- Pre-teach the vocabulary
- Visuals assist with comprehension
- Talk about the content by answering the questions
Use Kami for more accessibility
We have teamed up with Kami, the leading digital classroom app to offer more flexibility to use our lessons digitally. With Kami, ELs/MLs can highlight, annotate, and mark-up iCivics lessons. There is also a text-to-speech feature to read the text aloud as well as a built-in dictionary. And, students and teachers can leave each other video, voice, or screen capture comments to explain or share feedback.
Check out this blog: Making iCivics Lessons Accessible and English Learner (EL) Student-Friendly with Kami
We were honored to receive the 2019 President’s Award from the TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages) Association. Honorees of the award are individuals or organizations outside of the English language teaching field that have demonstrated a commitment to English language instruction and education.
iCivics ELL Impact
More on iCivics and ELL:
- iCivics in Dual Language Teaching: How to Utilize iCivics Resources to Engage English and Multilingual Learners, Verónica Schmidt-Gómez, MEd
- Meeting the Needs of EVERY iCivics Student, Ada Bélanger
- ¡Vamos a jugar! (Let’s play!), Ana Tellado-Schiff
- Common Sense Latino: ¿Tengo algún derecho?
- Justice Sotomayor’s great idea for teaching civics to English-language learners, Alexandra Campbell Howe, NBC News
- To Help ELLs Study the Constitution, iCivics Unveils Spanish-Language Civil Rights Game, Corey Mitchell, Education Week
- iCivics Updates “Win the White House Game”, including support for ELLs, Larry Ferlazzo