Exploratory Learning World History Lesson Plan: Day 1: Immerse and Explore

Lesson Itinerary

  • 1. Read the excerpt from Ready Player One

    2. Show one or both of the videos below to students to explain VR and AR technology:

    3. Have students sit in groups of 2-3 at tables. Using iPads or VR goggles with student devices, students will complete the World Cultures in Virtual Reality Activity. 

    4. Distribute Merge Cubes to each table and have the group complete the Merge Cube Build Your Own Civilization Activity using the Dig! for Merge Cube App.You could have groups do these at their own pace or you could read the instructions for each round to the whole class to keep everyone at a similar pace. Each group will work together on one device with one merge cube. If time permits, the app also allows students to record their merge cube creation. 

    5. After students have finished the activities, come back together as a class for reflection questions. These could be answered in the form of a class discussion or a writing extension activity using the Reflection Question Exit Ticket.

    • Do you think such a system as OASIS will ever be created? Would people be willing to exchange real experiences for virtual experiences? Explain your answer.  
    • How would a system like this affect our regional and cultural relationships?

Literary Connection

  • English I TEKS: 2(C)

Handouts and Materials