Can You Play X-Box by Candlelight?
Designed by Greg English
IntroductionChildren today spend over 1500 hours a year in front of a TV or about 62 straight days and nights. This total is more than any other country in the world today. In comparison; they only spend about 900 hours (or 37 days and nights) in a classroom and even less time outdoors.
Howver, that was not always the case. In the 1700s there were no game-boys, play-stations, x-boxes, or computers. Heck, there wasn't even any TV, radio, CD player, cellphone or pager. There wasn't even any electricity. Top that off with the fact that basketball won't be invented till 1891.
If electricity hasn't been invented yet, what’s a kid supposed to do for fun?
You are about to find out and experience life in the 18th century. In other words, you will be "toying" with your life.
This lesson was developed as part of the Calcasieu Parish School Board's I-TEC Project and CPSB WebQuest Class.
TaskYour task is to learn about the games children played in the late 1700s and early 1800s. You will describe what you might be playing in your free time today had electricity not been invented yet. You will choose one game and learn the rules and demonstrate how it was played.
You will make the game pieces and or board, complete a comparison worksheet and create a power-point of the directions and rules, and then demonstrate the game to your classmates. You will describe your alternate childhood had electricity not been invented yet.
Games of the 18th Century
EvaluationYour performance will be evaluated by use of the rubric below. You will receive an individual grade. To print out a rubric click HERE.
Have things really changed that much in 200 years? Did the games of the 18th century require skill? Thinking? Hand-eye coordination? Concentration? Chance? Luck? Repetitiveness? Were there any games that were harder to do that the games or toys of the 21st century? Why? Why not? Make a list for extra credit of games that you play today that do not require electricity or technology in some form.
If history can tell you about children’s lives, what can it tell us about other peoples lives? What other things might you want to learn about?
For more on the 18th century explore the following links:
Credits & ReferencesThe idea for this webquest came from a technology class taught by Dale Van Eck during the 2003 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. A word of thanks also goes to Kim LeBlanc of the Calcasieu Parish School Board Tech Department for pushing me to get this finished on time. I also wish to thank the facilitators at LouisianaVoices for the great photos of Creole Louisiana toys and games. You can find this quest and others at my own website Louisiana101.com. You can find other great webquests and the latest version of this template and training materials at The WebQuest Page and the Design Patterns.
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Last updated on (7/21/03). Based on a template from The WebQuest Page