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
Preparation and Community
With problems piling up and the government apparently unable to help, many communities across the nation are turning inward for solutions. To disengage from dependency on outside resources and agencies, communities have begun to pool resources, develop local capabilities, and police themselves.
Many people, seeing how unprepared society is for a prolonged crisis, are starting to make life changes to help themselves improve the future. Community networks are bringing together the expertise of their members to share ideas, goods, and skills to lessen the effects of the crisis and keep chaos at bay.
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
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Being prepared appears to have made a big difference for individuals during this crisis. For others, working together in small and large communities is opening a way to collectively cope and move forward. For today's challenge try one or more of the following ideas:
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 8: Specific Standards
Standard 27: Understands how certain character traits enhance citizens' ability to fulfill personal and civic responsibilities
Level IV, Benchmark 1: Understands the distinction between personal and civic responsibilities and the tensions that may arise between them
Level IV, Benchmark 2: Understands how individuals and society benefit from the fulfillment of personal responsibilities such as supporting one's family and caring for, nurturing, and educating one's children
Level IV, Benchmark 4: Understands the importance for individuals and society of fulfilling civic responsibilities such as assuming leadership when appropriate, registering to vote, and voting knowledgeably on candidates and issues
Standard 16: Understands the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources
Level IV, Benchmark 2: Understands programs and positions related to the use of resources on a local to global scale (e.g., community regulations for water usage during drought periods; local recycling programs for glass, metal, plastic, and paper products; different points of view regarding uses of the Malaysian rain forests)
Standard 18: Understands global development and environmental issues
Level IV, Benchmark 1: Understands the concept of sustainable development and its effects in a variety of situations (e.g., toward cutting the rain forests in Indonesia in response to a demand for lumber in foreign markets, or mining the rutile sands along the coast of eastern Australia near the Great Barrier Reef)
State Standards (All Lessons)