This strategy game introduces some of the challenges of poverty by asking students to manage a family of five in rural Haiti, making sure to keep them all healthy, educated, and out of debt. Students will be required to manage resources, maintain a budget, and plan for the future. They will also gain global perspective and reflect on how access to education varies around the world. Students may even be inspired to learn that Ayiti was conceived of and produced by students. We suggest that educators preview this game in advance, as it deals with serious topics, including poverty, disease, and death.
This lesson, appropriate for grades 6-12, will give students an opportunity to explore the effects of poverty and lack of education through an interactive game. Ayiti: The Cost of Life is a web-based, role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »