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The Time Machine (Activity 5)

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

18+ yrs old

Government, Politics & Civics

Science

Reading and Writing

Students will use knowledge of biology and political science to better shape their interpretation of The Time Machine.

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Submitted By: Ben Spieldenner

September 12, 2017

Skills

  • Project Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration

External References

Rising CO2 Leading to Changes in Land Plant Photosynthesis
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/rising-co2-leading-changes-land-plant-photosynthesis

Science article

Is Globalization Creating A Single World Culture?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/08/28/is-globalization-creating-a-single-world-culture/#133df65b3bd3

Social Science article

Coffee, Bees and Climate Change Are Linked In Ways You May Not Have Expected
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/11/550169720/coffee-bees-and-climate-change-are-linked-in-ways-you-may-not-have-expected

Science article

The Time Machine Walkthrough
https://youtu.be/8wt2p1rQLsU

A video walkthrough of the MEE world.

Supporting Files

The Time Machine


Minecraft: Education Edition World

Learning Objectives

  • Students will effectively incorporate multiple informational texts to more effectively interpret a literary text.
  • Students will utilize cross-curricular resources to create an accurate representation of the future.
  • Students will effectively present their interpretation of a literary text to their peers.

Guiding Ideas

In the novel The Time Machine, HG Wells presents his vision of the future. This vision is specific but open so students have the opportunity to both critique and complete this vision. Through cross-curricular studies students can utilize their knowledge of biology and political science to influence their critique and completion of HG Wells’ vision of the year 802,701.

Student Activities

  1. Students must read The Time Machine (or at least excerpts).
  2. Present the following prompt to the students:
    • Finish completing the world of 802,701 based on your reading of The Time Machine as well as the outside readings-see External References (these can be changed to anything that may fit particular lessons in your curricular area-the texts presented under External References represent biology and political science texts that are relevant to this activity)
  3. Have students download The Time Machine world (so each student can edit their own world).
  4. The default spawn point (204, 64, -274) is in the Time Traveler's house, at the end of the first dinner party.
  5. Have students find the Time Traveler's workshop and use the time machine (by pulling the lever).
  6. After they are transported to the world of 802,701, have them explore the world already created. Most of the major buildings are easy to spot right away, however, a number of structures have been left out. Students will see that most items and building mentioned after chapter four are not in the world. This was done so that students could finish building the world with their own interpretation.
    • You may want to point out the sign at (384, 75, -181) which details the challenge for this activity.
  7. Have students edit the world of 802,701 according to their interpretation of The Time Machine and the various informational texts provided for this activity (or texts that you provide to better fit your content area or focus).
  8. Once students have finished editing their worlds have them report out to the class. You may want to encourage them to walk the class through their world with justification for their edits and additions based on the various texts provided.

 

Performance Expectations

The ability for students to create the world of a literary text is powerful. The ability for them to incorporate multiple disciplines in this process can be transformational. Students will see just how interconnected various disciplines truly can be. This will also give students experience critiquing a text based on research from multiple sources.

Skills

  • Project Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration

External References

Rising CO2 Leading to Changes in Land Plant Photosynthesis
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/rising-co2-leading-changes-land-plant-photosynthesis

Science article

Is Globalization Creating A Single World Culture?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/08/28/is-globalization-creating-a-single-world-culture/#133df65b3bd3

Social Science article

Coffee, Bees and Climate Change Are Linked In Ways You May Not Have Expected
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/11/550169720/coffee-bees-and-climate-change-are-linked-in-ways-you-may-not-have-expected

Science article

The Time Machine Walkthrough
https://youtu.be/8wt2p1rQLsU

A video walkthrough of the MEE world.

Supporting Files

The Time Machine


Minecraft: Education Edition World

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