My school has a focus on teaching students tech skills in addition to the traditional curriculum. This lesson is usually used as a review of metaphors in my 9th grade ELA class, and an intro to our Cyber Security unit.
I have been teaching this lesson for the past two years, and have had nothing but positive results from my students. They LOVE anything to do with zombies and survival. The main focus, however, is not on surviving a zombie apocalypse; the hypothetical scenario is a metaphor for hackers/malware trying to break into a computer (See the last thumbnail for a brief explanation).
Once students have read the extremely engaging story and realize they are in a zombie survival situation, they are prompted with the task of "breaking into the school to survive".
Yes, students brainstorm ways they could actually break into your school - which should be harmless assuming your school is fairly secure.
The metaphor to cyber security is then revealed to them, if they have not figured it out for themselves.
Transition to researching Five Common Cyber Attacks. Although my students have all grownup in this digital age, this focused research makes them realize how little they actually know.
Links to two TedTalks to help enhance the message of the lesson.
Exit Ticket focused on metaphors and knowledge gained about cyber security through research.
Materials included in this download:
1. PowerPoint walking the teacher and student through the lesson. Includes instructional suggestions based on experience.
2. PDF of the lesson plan including CommonCore and ISTE standard alignment.
Target Subject Area: Computer Science and/or ELA
Target Grade level: 9th-12th
Required Materials: PC & Projector, Students need access to internet for research, Scrap paper, Loose leaf paper.
Length: This lesson was created for 80-minute blocks over the course of 2 days, but could be chunked down to be used in shorter classes over a longer period of time.
Students gain a better understanding of Cyber Security
Students use technology to research and report on a given topic
Students think critically to identify the meaning behind a metaphorical story
Formative: Completion, Effort & Participation in Class Activities
Summative: Exit Ticket
This is my go-to lesson for my formal observation. It hasn't missed yet!
23 Slides / 3 page lesson plan