LESSON ONE FOR STUDENTS:
Get Into The Game
A global oil crisis has begun. Oil usage worldwide has increased to where the oil supply can only meet 95% of it. Begin the inquiry into the effects of less oil in our lives.
LESSON TWO FOR STUDENTS:
How Bad Can It Get?
Fuel prices rise in anticipation of when actual supplies start to run short. It's clear that there is no quick fix to the shortage. Tensions start to rise.
LESSON THREE FOR STUDENTS:
Life Is Starting To Change
Widespread changes are starting. Goods and services that depended on cheap oil are failing.
LESSON FOUR FOR STUDENTS:
Elasticity and Collapse
This lesson investigates the factors that define elasticity in relation to oil – factors such as lifestyle, geography, setting and community.
LESSON FIVE FOR STUDENTS:
The oil crisis has caused some nations to reconsider their foreign policy objectives – and to aggressively seek to acquire oil.
LESSON SIX FOR STUDENTS:
Food Without Oil
The impact of oil on our food supply is one of the most serious aspects of the oil crisis. Shortages are forcing many people to look for locally grown food.
LESSON SEVEN FOR STUDENTS:
Governments have been hit as hard as anyone by the crisis, leading to the existence of red and green zones in cities and refugee camps in the country.
LESSON EIGHT FOR STUDENTS:
Preparation and Community
With problems piling up and the government unable to help, many communities across the nation are turning inward for solutions.
LESSON NINE FOR STUDENTS:
Now that the crisis has stabilized, how do we go forward? How do we balance our desire for energy's benefits with the risks and costs of procuring it?
LESSON TEN FOR STUDENTS:
Your World Without Oil
Help out the World Without Oil team. Script and deliver your own citizen report that communicates what is happening to you in the crisis.
In May 2007, over 1,800 people of all ages combined imagination with insight to create World Without Oil (WWO), a realistic simulation of the first 32 weeks of a global oil shortage chronicled in 1,500 personal blog posts, videos, images and voicemails. You can use this collaborative grassroots simulation to engage with questions about energy use, sustainability, and the role energy plays in our economy, culture, worldview and history.
World Without Oil was an alternate reality game – when submitting their stories, its players pretended the oil crisis was really happening. We encourage you to do the same: to get "in game" and act to make the crisis seem real. Each day you can explore a World Without Oil, and prepare your own "in-game" stories that you can contribute to the WWO online archive.
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Using These Lessons as Self-Study
When planning your self-directed World Without Oil investigation, consider:
Lesson Instructions have this structure:
Requirements: Accessing the Archive
To use these lesson plans, you should have free access to the Internet. To go straight into the player stories in the World Without Oil game, start at WWO in the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive.
The WWO stories are not stored on the World Without Oil site; players uploaded them to their blogs, to YouTube, to Flickr and so on. So you must have access to these sites to experience many of the stories.
If you find a link that's broken or blocked, try the permanent web snapshot at the World Without Oil Archive at Archive.Org.
Subjects and Methods
The WWO lesson plans are cross-disciplinary and relate to American History, World History, Geography, Current Events, Economics, Government, Humanities, English, and more. Methods include inquiry-based learning, narrative-driven learning, collaborative learning, multimedia content creation, and media literacy. Outcome: we hope to give you an in-depth understanding of the role that energy has played in our economy, culture, policy and identity, its connections to our lifestyle and affluence, and ways to evaluate its role in our future. WWO is also a fascinating experiment in open-sourced game design!
Each lesson includes a section where we ask you to reflect upon the day’s theme. Blogs are well-suited to this activity: you can prepare reflections as text, images, videos or audiofiles. Blogging echoes the way in which the participants in the original game shared their ideas.
Blogs are available for free from LiveJournal, Vox, WordPress, Edublogs, Blogspot, Ning and many other blog hosts. You can start your own blog (most require an e-mail address) or set up a blog with the help of your teacher.
Upon completion of your WWO study, we encourage you or your teacher to submit the URL of any material you've created, using the "Tell Your Story" form, for eventual inclusion in the WWO site archive.
Lesson plans by Dan McDowell and Ken Eklund