Escape rooms have become very popular. This skill based lesson provides a fun escape room experience that incorporates English curriculum. It allows students to work in a collaborative setting to reach a final goal through ELA practices and skills. When researching how to accomplish this lesson, I found that there little to no resources for escape rooms in non STEM classes. This lesson embodies writing, reading and discussion skills using extracts from Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, as the focus piece. This can easily be changed and adapted to different ELA classes/curriculum. In order to create this lesson successfully for 30, 9th grade English students, I had to develop an escape room that was color coded and divided the class into four competing groups. This means there are 4 escape rooms going on at the same time. I also had to develop English skill- based tasks that students had to complete first and correctly prior to being allowed to participate in the actual escape room.
Preview of the escape room theme:
Robots have begun to take over the world. Professor Bradbury never intended for this to occur, but it got out of hand. He only wanted people to have more access to information, but instead his super-computer, Margot decided she knew what was best for the human race, cutting them off from the outside world and from the books they once loved to read. Once Professor Bradbury realized what was occurring and attempted to stop Margot, she locked him away in a safe room, cutting off all his communication. Professor Bradbury anticipated Margotś rebellion. In a last attempt to save the world, he developed a series of clues that are hidden in this very room. These clues will lead you to the pass code, activating the emergency shut off to Margotś main frame. Professor Bradbury left a series of clues only 9th grade English students could solve as to throw off Margot. Your job is to solve the clues and find the ̈key ̈ that will shut down the main computer, freeing the world from technologyś hold. If your group successfully finds the pass key in the allotted time, you will not only have saved the world, but you will be rewarded handsomely as this is competition. Professor Bradbury did not trust that just one group could find the pass key so he has divided the clues into separate groups by color coding them.
This lesson includes: