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
The oil shortage has caused episodes of disorder and violence throughout the United States, and local, state, and federal government are reacting in controversial ways. At the local level, some police and fire departments have been unable to respond to all calls, resulting in the creation of unofficial Red (dangerous) and Green (safe) Zones in most cities. Outside the cities, the federal government has established refugee camps for those forced to leave their homes because of violence or lack of food. It has been reported that some of these camps have been converted to agriculture work camps to help offset the food shortages. Few official reports address the true nature of these camps.
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:
As the situation gets tense, we have to find ways to cope – and not only physically, but emotionally as well. One way to lessen fear, especially of the unknown, is to play with it, because play creates a non-threatening space where we can think about problems and even try out solutions.
To take it further today, come up with some games to play that help the players think about and adapt to the oil crisis. The games can be for children if you want, because they are looking for ways to fight fear as much as anyone.
For inspiration, read Avantgame's defense of play even during crisis:
And look at Defend the Farm or Steal the Crops:
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 7: Specific Standards
Standard 23: Understands the impact of significant political and nonpolitical developments on the United States and other nations
Level IV, Benchmark 5: Understands historical and contemporary responses of the American government to demographic and environmental changes that affect the United States
Standard 6: Understands the roles government plays in the United States economy
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
State Standards (All Lessons)