World War Z and the Real World

World War Z and the Real World

We will use the book, World War Z, as a focal point to open discussion about complex world issues. Starting with the text, we will explore the sociopolitical issues that contributed to the zombie conflict in the book, then expand our discussion to understand the real world inspirations for the topics.

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Class Duration: August 31-December 18

Class Size: 3-8 learners

Age Range: 14+

Full Enrollment: $360
Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $400

We will use the book, World War Z, as a focal point to open discussion about complex world issues. Starting with the text, we will explore the sociopolitical issues that contributed to the zombie conflict in the book, then expand our discussion to understand the real world inspirations for the topics.

This class will be high-interaction.  We will review the readings and discuss relevant topics in class.  Online participation in discussion forums between live meetings is required.  Learners will be expected to share and present on their project findings in the final session and answer questions by other learners and instructor. 

Learners may choose whether or not to speak/use voice and whether or not to use a webcam. Learners may choose to interact using text in lieu of voice during class.  Out-of-class discussion documents will be available for learners to contribute ideas in non-real time.  

We will meet live as a group on the following Wednesdays from 1-2pm Eastern: September 16, October 14, December 2, and December 16.

To interact in class: Computer with internet access, microphone strongly recommended, camera optional. 

A copy of World War Z – hard copy book, digital book, or audiobook (complete, unabridged) is required.  Access to research resources like free internet resources and encyclopedias is required.

For project: Access to relevant sources to support research. Relevant tools to create project and present (such as slide presentation program access if a slide presentation will be used).

1 hour for live session, 1-2 hours per week for out of class work

Learners should be able to read a book about mature topics written in a narrative way and recall important points. Learners should be able to do basic research online or in printed resources on history or concepts. Communication skills include listening to others, responding to points in constructive discussion, and presenting own positions maturely and respectfully.

Because of the difficult topics covered, learners need to be able to respect the social norms of a “safe space”, be able to self-reflect and present opinions in respectful ways.  Learners will need to be able to read material that may challenge their assumptions or values and interact in a constructive way.  Learners need to be able to exercise open-mindedness when dealing with new ideas.

Learners will practice connecting a topic from a fiction book to the real world through research and discussion.  Learners will as their final project develop a deep understanding of a topic related to the book.  Communication skills in discussing topics will be practiced and honed.

ISTE standards: 1a, 1b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d
Bloom’s Taxonomy: Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create

Families and learners will be invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class.  Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs.  There will be at least one email (or other method) check-in around the midpoint of the course.

This will be a mature, college-preparatory course that will cover difficult topics like pandemics, war, internment camps, real world political conflicts, and graphic depictions of injuries. 

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