All students should have access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet. Have them go to our Draw a map page. They should refresh what they prioritized in the Flashes of Insight exercise from the previous day.

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. They will be asked how many people are using the account to draw maps. If it’s just them, have them type ‘1’. If it’s a small team, have them type the number of team members. We track this for grant reporting. 

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. Students can follow along. Pause as needed for students to catch up.

Draw the Lines is available to present during your class to help students with their maps, either in-person or virtually (depending on location and availability). Contact us at to request support.

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.

They can also submit any endorsements to the competition, to help their chances. Read about those here.

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 learn about and map parts of the state that they aren’t familiar with?
  • What disagreements did they have amongst each other about the values they wanted to put into place? (if mapping in a group)
  • How did they use these values to help them map their districts?
  • Do they think their map is better than the map adopted by the state in 2011? Do they think it’s better than the map adopted by the State Supreme Court in 2018? Why?