What better way to learn about redistricting than by drawing your own congressional map??

First, all finished maps are eligible for the Draw the Lines mapping competition. See the rules for the PA Congressional Mapping Competition here. Students can win up to $5,000 for their map.

Have students go to our Draw a Map page. (The mapping platform works well on computers, laptops, and tablets. It does not work well on phones.) They should refresh what they prioritized in the Flashes of Insight exercise.

Then go to the red “Draw a map” box and click to get started. They will be taken to DistrictBuilder. They can sign up for a free account using their email address.

Once they have logged in, now is a good time for you to show them DTL’s demo video for how to use the platform.

Once students have drawn their maps, they will be prompted to complete a personal statement, explaining their map. These statements can take any format, from a written essay to a video to an audio recording. We encourage creativity. Students will be able to upload their statement in the Submit forum.

Once students have completed their map, we ask that they complete DTL’s short survey.

After completing their maps, have students give a brief overview of their map to the class. They can consider the following questions:

  • What redistricting values did they consider when drawing their map?
  • How did they use these values to help them map their districts?
  • How did they learn about and map parts of the state that they aren’t familiar with?

Please note: a Draw the Lines team member is often available for a virtual session to demo the platform with students. Please contact us info@drawthelinespa.org to request more information.

Teachers, we can work with you directly to figure out the best way for you to access your students’ maps and personal statements after they are submitted. Again, please contact us at info@drawthelinespa.org so we can make arrangements with you.