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
Oil Dependency Among Nations
The long term prospects of an oil shortage have caused some nations to reconsider their foreign policy objectives. There is talk that some countries, the United States among them, are considering using military force to protect their oil supplies and secure more oil. While most nations have sped up their research into alternative energy sources, the short term demand has forced large industrialized nations to acquire oil at any cost.
For most of the game we focus on events within the United States, for this lesson we will be looking out beyond our borders. As you present developments in the oil crisis, ask the students to talk realistically about their concerns for the effects in their own lives, as if the oil crisis were really happening.
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
Distribute this to your students:
Oil and energy-related situations arise throughout the world on a regular basis. Many of the major oil producing nations of the world face domestic turmoil that could affect the price and the availability of petroleum. To take it further today, go and explore oil-related current events. Visit the Energy Bulletin Web site (http://www.energybulletin.net/) and select a region outside North America. Look for news articles about countries that supply the United States with oil. In your blog, summarize and analyze the importance of this information to the United States. What do these current events suggest might happen in an oil crisis?
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 5: Specific Standards
Standard 16: Understands the major responsibilities of the national government for domestic and foreign policy, and understands how government is financed through taxation
Level IV, Benchmark 1: Understands how specific foreign policies such as national security and trade policy affect the everyday lives of American citizens and their communities
Standard 22: Understands how the world is organized politically into nation-states, how nation-states interact with one another, and issues surrounding U.S. foreign policy
Level IV, Benchmark 7: Understands the idea of the national interest and how it is used as a criterion for shaping American foreign policy
United States History
Standard 30: Understands developments in foreign policy and domestic politics between the Nixon and Clinton presidencies
Level IV, Benchmark 1: Understands how the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations dealt with major domestic issues (e.g., policies for dealing with problems of recession and inflation; the Nixon administration’s "southern strategy;" Carter’s program for dealing with the energy crisis)
Level IV. Benchmark 5: Understands the influence of U.S. foreign policy on international events from Nixon to Clinton (e.g., the U.S.’s role in the evolving political struggles in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America; foreign policy in the post-Cold War era; U.S. goals and objectives in the Middle East; the pros and cons of U.S. intervention in the Persian Gulf under Reagan and G.Bush; how human rights has been used in American foreign policy)
Standard 44: Understands the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world
Level IV, Benchmark 3: Understands major reasons for the great disparities between industrialized and developing nations (e.g., disparities in resources, production, capital investment, labor, or trade; possible programs and measures to help equalize these disparities)
State Standards (All Lessons)