Lesson Plan Overview
Get Into The Game
How Bad Can It Get?
Life Is Starting To Change
Elasticity and Collapse
Food Without Oil
Preparation and Community
Your World Without Oil
Your World Without Oil
Communication is a vital skill for life in general, but it is even more critical in a crisis. Inside the World Without Oil game, people are using text, voice, images and video to communicate the realities of the oil crisis, to pool information about complex problems and collaborate on solutions. Outside the game, these new media communications are a meaningful (and engaging) way for people to express their ideas and insights about a possible future and the consequences of choices we make in the present.
In this final lesson, students get the chance to create their own "in-game" citizen report, springboarding from the WWO material they have found most memorable in earlier lessons.
Before the Lesson
Part 1: Set the Stage
Student Page for this lesson is here:
This page summarizes ideas and instructions for students.
Part 5: Take It Further
Students can draft and record longer podcasts, or even script and shoot videos that are entirely "inside" the alternate reality of World Without OIl.
National Standards (McREL)
Overarching (All Lessons)
Understands the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world
Level IV (Grades 9-12), Benchmark 2:
Understands rates of economic development and the emergence of different economic systems around the globe (e.g., systems of economic management in communist and capitalist countries, as well as the global impact of multinational corporations; the impact of black markets, speculation, and trade in illegal products on national and global markets; patterns of inward, outward, and internal migration in the Middle East and North Africa, types of jobs involved, and the impact of the patterns upon national economies; the rapid economic development of East Asian countries in the late 20th century, and the relatively slow development of Sub-Saharan African countries)
Lesson 10: Specific Standards
Standard 6: Understands the roles government plays in the United States economy
Level IV, Benchmark 7: Understands that few incentives exist for political leaders to implement policies that entail immediate costs and deferred benefits, even though these types of programs may be more economically effective
Standard 28: Understands how participation in civic and political life can help citizens attain individual and public goals
Level IV, Benchmark 3: Knows the many ways citizens can participate in the political process at local, state, and national levels, and understands the usefulness of other forms of political participation in influencing public policy (e.g., attending political and governmental meetings, demonstrating, contacting public officials, writing letters, boycotting, community organizing, petitioning, picketing)
Standard 5: Understands strategies used in natural resource management and conservation
Level IV, Benchmark 5: Knows traditional energy sources (e.g., petroleum, coal, wood) as well as alternative energy sources (e.g., wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biofuels)
State Standards (All Lessons)