Intolerance - Social Studies - Overview


Students often have difficulty empathizing with the content of texts because they lack context and opportunities to develop deep connections or experiences. Enemy Within is a game that provides concrete, sensory experiences for students. The game simulates how intolerance impacts the ability of individuals and groups to live or coexist peacefully in a society, as a result of real or perceived differences and/or a diversity of characteristics, beliefs, and cultural practices in a community.

History is more than memorizing facts; it is also about developing practical skills in essential areas such as: chronological thinking, historical and narrative comprehension, historical analysis and interpretation, research, issue analysis and decision making.

General Understandings
  1. Intolerance is a closed-mindedness and bias against the characteristics, beliefs, and practices of others that differ from one’s own (such as race, nationality, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, abilities, religion, etc.)
  2. Intolerance is expressed through multiple mediums and a variety of actions and expressions.
  3. Intolerance impacts the ability of individuals and groups to live or co-exist peacefully in a society because of real or perceived differences and a diversity of characteristics, beliefs, and practices in a community.
Learning Objectives: 21st Century Skills

The 21st Century Skills framework is a complex system that incorporates content knowledge, specific skills, expertise, and literacies to create a cohesive system of student outcomes and support systems. The Teen Thoughts on Democracy program utilizes the Partnership for 21st Century Skills framework to further the skills cultivated through this progressive game-based curriculum such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.


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