What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Immigration Nation is an educational, online game about the requirements for citizenship and immigration in the United States of America. The game uses a matching or sorting mechanic that teaches and tests knowledge of immigration requirements without getting into thornier issues of policy, xenophobia, or refuge. Cartoony graphics compliment clever writing that occaisionally sounds off-key when serious issues such as political oppression are mixed in with more humorous or benign appeals.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- text analysis
- using supporting evidence
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
Attractive art, quick rounds, and responsive feedback keep things peppy, but the simple matching mechanic isn't inventive.
Kids learn immigration law facts as they decide whether to let someone into the country or not. Difficulty increases as the game adds more laws and guidelines to consider, but it's still a very limited experience.
Frequent feedback, a printable score sheet, and an iCivics curriculum make this easy to implement in a classroom.
What's it about?
Kids play as Liberty Belle, assistant to the Statue of Liberty, who greets arriving boats as they request entry to the United States. After reading each immigrant character's appeal, the player must decide whether or not to let the character into the United States. To help the player decide, there are a variety of entry ports, each conveniently named something like \"Born in the USA\" or \"Permission to Work.\" These ports help the player decide that some people -- such as criminals and music fans -- can't be allowed entry while others can. More ports open with each level, and more immigrants show up per level as the game progresses.
Is it any good?
IMMIGRATION NATION is a simple but effective matching game that also serves as a good introduction or review of factual requirements for entry to the United States. Still, its simplicity means a limited scope and a relatively brief experience. Parents will need to facilitate deeper discussions with kids about the politics and realities of immigration to provide a more well-rounded picture of the issue. The game paints a cheerful and cartoonish picture of the situation that helps make it accessible but also glosses over many of the more important and interesting issues about immigration that will get kids thinking.
Families can talk about...
Parents and kids can talk about current news stories dealing with immigration.
Discuss the history of immigration in your family, and then explore websites and museums that show other people's stories.
Discuss the pros and cons of different proposals for immigration reform.