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Getting Started in World History

İİİİİİİİİİYou will be doing some things in your Science and English classes that will get you to thinking about making-decisions in catastrophic situations. You and your classmates will have the opportunity to choose a film to view in our class about a modern catastrophe. We will examine how people deal with situations in which there are no guidelines that help them to deal with the problem.

Devise a pathway we can follow to make a decision about what film to view. We will use this pathway to prioritize the films. You will be responsible for finding the availability of the films. Make a powerpoint presentation to outline the pathway and to state the results.

After we view the film in class you will do a quickwrite in your online journal speculating on the thoughts: "Could this ever happen?" "What if it did?" "Has it ever happened before in history?" "Could humanity survive a disaster like this?" You will make twice weekly entries in your online journals as you journey through this experience.

What decisions have to be made by those individuals who are faced with disaster? How do people think under such enormous pressures. There are experts you can talk to that know many things about disasters and how people deal with them.

Are there any disasters occurring right now? Are there things going on in other pars of the earth that people are having to face right now this very minute? You can find out about these places by going to the following url: http://www.disasterrelief.org/EarthWatch/

There are organizations whose one and only purpose is to help people deal with disasters. How are they organized and funded? What kind of people spend their whole life doing this kind of work? Maybe you are the kind of person who would like to work for an organization like this. Find out more about these organizations at: http://disastercenter.com/agency.htm

As you go through various web pages about disasters some of them seem like they have be made by some pretty kooky people. How do you know if a website dealing with this subject is on the level? Can you test a website for its validity? Find out how to do this at: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/tech_web_eval.shtml

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Scott Hopgood ( scotthopgood@hotmail.com)
School: Vallejo High School, Vallejo, Ca.
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: December 28, 2002
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/survivor/historystart.html