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Text Based City Design Project

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

18+ yrs old

Art and Design

Reading and Writing

Students will build their own city based on the initial plans for Walt Disney's E.P.C.O.T. (The city, not the theme park).

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avatar Submitted By: Kelley Predieri

September 25, 2020

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Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Lesson Plan


A more detailed breakdown of the process with tips and outside references.

Project Outline and Rubric


Includes an outline of the steps necessary to complete the project and a rubric to reference.

Text: Walt & Epcot Master Plan


Students will need to read this text and complete the embedded guided reading questions as a foundation for their designs.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to read a complex text, gather evidence, and make logical inferences to plan, design, and build a city following Walt Disney's principals of development and design.

Guiding Ideas

How did Walt Disney plan his design around nature?

How would people travel through the different areas? What things were considered in the planning?

What facilities/areas did Disney plan to incorporate?

How would the entertainment district be organized?

What all would be included INSIDE the city center?

What areas/facilities would stem out from the city center?

What different living style options would be available? What would those “homes” look like?

How would the industrial parks be structured?

 

Student Activities

1. Begin by reading the “Walt & Epcot Master Plan” text and answering the guided reading questions included.

2. Using their responses to the guided reading questions (and their discussions) students should create a draft of the plan for their city.

3. Students go into the Minecraft World andt complete the linked Flipgrid Assignment asking them show their draft and explain their plans. (You may even choose to go back and have them use Flipgrid to record a tour of their world once they are finished).

4. Students begin building in Minecraft. Remind students of the rubric and expectations for their City being based in text and remind them to incorporate text based evidence through NPCs and/or Boards throughout their city.

5. Students present their worlds. You can do this either live and in person, by submitting their Book & Quill, or recording a tour in Flipgrid. Whatever works best for you and your students. Even if a student is not finished building their city they should still be encourage to present what they have and then explain what they would have built.

Performance Expectations

  • Design: City has several different areas and facilities that are designed from a center-outward, working around nature. Transportation is included and well developed. There are obvious connections to Disney’s original plan.
  • Information: Includes several NPCs or Boards with specific evidence and explanation from the text.
  • Presentation: Able to describe project in detail. Showing and thoroughly explains the connections to Disney’s original plans.
  • Time Management: Consistently stays focused on the task and what needs to be done. Very self-directed.

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Supporting Files

Lesson Plan


A more detailed breakdown of the process with tips and outside references.

Project Outline and Rubric


Includes an outline of the steps necessary to complete the project and a rubric to reference.

Text: Walt & Epcot Master Plan


Students will need to read this text and complete the embedded guided reading questions as a foundation for their designs.