Playing Life in the Seventh Ward
In playing The Ward‘s board game, students will assume the identities of real Seventh Ward residents. Moving around the game board will introduce students to Seventh Ward institutions while helping them to experience the economic class structure of the Black community. Through answering questions, drawing, and acting, students will both test and increase their knowledge of Du Bois and daily life in the Ward.
- Board game; Group discussion
In this board game, students assume the identity of one of a number of real characters of various social classes from 1900 Philadelphia. They move through the Seventh Ward on a map-based game board, answering questions and drawing or acting out key concepts from The Philadelphia Negro. They navigate obstacles along the way, including “Pinch or Profit” cards that send them back or forward to Seventh Ward institutions, and try to finish with the most points.
After, educators may facilitate a group discussion of the board game experience. Students may also meet in small groups with others who have read the same chapter from The Philadelphia Negro and develop a creative method of sharing the chapter’s main points using contemporary media (TV, Facebook, Twitter, etc).