Simulations can be highly engaging and valuable. These exercises place the students in the role of elected officials. Students are asked to research the constituents, districts, and interests they represent. Students learn about the institutions of various levels of government from a local council to the United Nations. Students engage and develop multiple skills simultaneously; including public speaking, researching, debating, group work, and long-term project development. Simulations develop skills and illuminate understanding like few exercises can. Below are example handouts for these in-class simulations.