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Author John Spencer's 'Time Capsule' Writing Prompt
A time capsule is a container filled with items that you can bury in the ground. Later, archeologists, anthropologists and historians can dig it up and get a snapshot of life at a particular time.
We are living in a historic moment that you want to share with a future generation 100 years from now. For this reason, you will create your own time capsule. You need to select one item that represents what kids your age are doing for fun when stuck at home.
You need to select one item that says something about popular culture.It could relate to movies, video games, music, books, or television. But it has to be something that is popular right now.
You need to select one item that people seem to cherish more during quarantine than any other time before. You need to find an item that relates specifically to your family or your culture. Finally, you need to include some kind of documentation of daily life. It could be a to-do list or a daily schedule from home. It might be a receipt of something you bought. It might be a journal entry sharing how you feel about this.
Keep in mind that your items need to last at least one hundred years. They also need to say something about the present moment. The more specific and personal, the better. Now, describe all 5 items for future generations. Include a few sentences about what each item is and why you chose it. Remember that they won’t have the same background knowledge you have, so you’ll need to be clear, specific, and descriptive in your explanations.
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Define your learning outcomes & goals
Offer as much 'voice & choice' as possible. Maybe explain a 'MUST DO/CAN DO" approach by stating what activities students MUST DO and offer some optional activities for enrichment that they CAN DO.
Include a clear "How to" and "Now Do" section to your lessons- especially when we're online.
An important mindset shift is to remember that we are not duplicating school as we know it- we are providing opportunities for learning that are 'outside of the box' in terms of our practice.
Try out some Problem-Based Learning
Student engagement increases tremendously when real-world problems are posed to them for solutions. We can provide broad concepts or issues that need creative solutions. Please see below for more information about problem-based learning.
What is Your Zero? What is an issue or situation in the world that you would like to see 'zero' out or not be happening? For example: hunger, lack of clean water, child soldiers, cancer, racism...?
How can the world's rain forests be saved?
What kind of app would you invent that would have a positive impact?
What did NH contribute to the American Civil War?
How can everyday people become heroes?
What are some Earth-friendly ways to create energy?
How can we limit food waste in the school cafeteria?
How might we better control the area deer/squirrel population?
How could we improve access to healthy food in our community?
How could we track and protect local plant or animal species?
What's the ripple effect of invasive plant species?
How could we improve school attendance?
How might we limit cold and flu transmission among students?
Is there a better way to manage school traffic during pick-up and drop-off times?