Drive student engagement through the roof with this comprehensive Escape Room simulation in a race against the clock as your students use knowledge of American Romanticism to break Henry David Thoreau out of jail before time runs out! Can you escape to Walden Pond before the guards return?
For a sneak peek of the sort of adrenaline rush your classes can expect from this activity, check out the iMovie activity hype trailer.
55-page .ppt slideshow with all printables, lesson plan, and escape room activity scenario planning documents for 90 minute simulation -- with link to editable version of slideshow using Google Slides, featuring eight print-and-play-today puzzles designed to challenge students' teamwork and collaboration abilities while testing:
+ Historical context of 1800s thought movements and American Romanticism
+ Major branches of Romanticism (Transcendentalism, Dark Romantics, Fireside Poets)
+ Biographical knowledge of Emerson and Thoreau
+ Dark Romanticism-inspired murder mystery riddle
+ Close reading of primary source documents
+ Explication of four excerpted works of the Fireside Poets
+ Web-based BYOD / one-to-one research into key settings, timeline, and places
+ Critical listening / annotation skills through timestamped video instruction
Please note: this escape room scenario is designed to be compatible with the kit provided by BreakoutEDU
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*(Note: Not ready for a full-class Escape Room? No problem. Teachers can use these same interactive puzzles as stand-alone activities to be completed in small groups across multiple days of the unit!)
+ Step-by-step walkthrough of the pedagogical rationales and instructional strategies behind each of the game's puzzles, mixing high-energy hands-on problem-solving, kinesthetic learning, and web-based BYOD activity. A sample: "To solve this puzzle, students will need to use The Norton Anthology of American Literature (Shorter 8th Edition). The theme of the wilderness camp puzzle asks students to analyze visual and written clues along with 21st century technology, first to sort major Romantic writers into three 'camps' according to their respective literary movements, then to place these authors in the appropriate 'campsites' order by properly 'citing' their sources."
+Step-by-step teacher walkthrough of the solutions to all game puzzles.
+ Fully customizable .ppt download contains plug-and-play Escape Room scenario and review game that can be put in place TODAY if you're using the latest edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature. If you're using another textbook, activities are highly adaptable and all puzzles / solutions can be modified quickly to correspond to the page numbers of your class's assigned textbook.
If you already own a BreakoutEDU kit, this scenario can be implemented immediately. Don't own a BreakoutEDU kit? Don't worry! The download walks you through how to build an "open source" kit of your own in minutes -- OR the entire game can be played *for free* simply by printing the puzzles and replacing the keyed locks with puzzle-specific passwords.
High energy, thoroughly play-tested, and fully immersive -- this is a class escape room done right. Driven by student collaboration, competition, and communication skills: it's unit-ending activity that your classes will NEVER forget.
Good luck with your escape room!
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