How many 8th graders would survive?

I saw one of Mike’s lessons before the break, related to Lord of the Flies, where he had the girls take a survival quiz issued by the Coast Guard (I think).  They broke up into groups and had to decide what items from the pre-selected list that they would take on their raft in order to survive long enough to be rescued.  After the small groups made a list, all of them had to come together to create a combined list for the entire class.

Watching them argue the merits of different items was both horrifying and fascinating (realizing how many of them truly would be in trouble), but their discussions were worthwhile and it was a very interesting way to think about some of the issues the boys faced in Lord of the Flies.

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