Have your students signed up for individual accounts? If you have a school-wide subscription to BrainPOP, students will be able to use our SnapThought ® tool to play Race to Ratify.

The SnapThought tool allows students to capture meaningful moments in their game play with opportunities for brief written reflection. Once students are logged in, the SnapThought tool will appear below any games that offer this capability.

During game play, students can click the SnapThought tool up to five times per game. A thumbnail, or “snapshot” is generated and stored on the bottom left of the screen.  At any point, students can click their snapshot(s), type a brief reflection, which may be a response to an open-ended prompt (see below for examples), and save or submit to the teacher’s account for you to review and respond to.

You can use the SnapThought tool to facilitate discussion, or have students submit their snapshots to you for assessment or accountability. Here are a few ideas and prompts for using the SnapThought tool in Race to Ratify.

  • Before talking to a person, take a snapshot. Make a prediction about the person’s position. Explain why you think this.
  • Take a snapshot after an interview. What was the person’s position. Were you surprised? Why or why not?
  • Take a snapshot of a person you thought was persuasive. Explain why he/she was persuasive.
  • Take a snapshot of a pamphlet you’ve composed, and describe your strategy. How did the competing pamphlet affect your strategy?
  • After listening to two pawns, take a snapshot and compare and contrast their arguments.