In You Decide: Presidential Decisions, students take on the role of president of the United States and make complex decisions based on real situations faced by President Gerald R. Ford during his 1974-1977 presidency: the signing of the Helsinki Accords, the condemnation of South African apartheid, and Operation Babylift.

Use this educator guide to engage students in Grades 6-12 with the interactive both in and out of the classroom. The guide includes information about the role of the facilitator, as well as game play setup for independent play, small group play, and whole class play. Activity ideas and discussion questions are organized into before, during, and after play.

Allied Powers
Noun

alliance of countries that participated in World War I, led by the United Kingdom, France, and Russia. Also called the Triple Entente.

Allies
Noun

alliance of countries that opposed the Axis during World War II. The Allies were led by the U.S., the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union.

apartheid
Noun

(1948-1993) South African government's policy of separating different races of people.

Axis
Noun

alliance of countries that opposed the Allies during World War II. The Axis was led by Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Noun

natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.

Noun

line separating geographical areas.

civil rights
Plural Noun

set of fundamental freedoms guaranteed to all individuals, such as participation in the political system, ability to own property, and due process and equal protection under the law.

Cold War
Noun

(1947-1991) conflict between the Soviet Union (and its allies) and the United States (and its allies). The two sides never confronted each other directly.

constraint
Noun

limitation or obstacle.

demographic
Adjective

having to do with the social characteristics and statistics of a population.

discrimination
Noun

treatment based on a group to which a person belongs, not the person himself.

Noun

study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.

homeland
Noun

a person's native country or region.

humanitarian
Adjective

having to do with relief, aid, or other support to people in need.

human rights
Noun

basic freedoms belonging to every individual, including the rights to social and political expression, spirituality, and opportunity.

institution
Noun

established organization or set of organizing principles.

political
Adjective

having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.

proxy war
Noun

conflict where countries indirectly oppose each other by supporting different sides in another conflict.

refugee
Noun

person who flees their home, usually due to natural disaster or political upheaval.

segregation
Noun

separation.

Soviet Union
Noun

(1922-1991) large northern Eurasian nation that had a communist government. Also called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR.

stakeholder
Noun

person or organization that has an interest or investment in a place, situation or company.

territory
Noun

land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.

Vietnam War
Noun

(1956-1975) civil war in Vietnam, with the North Vietnamese supported by pro-communist nations and the South Vietnamese supported by anti-communist nations, which resulted in a northern (communist) victory and a split nation.

World War II
Noun

(1939-1945) armed conflict between the Allies (represented by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis (represented by Germany, Italy, and Japan.)