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Imagine that you are passengers on a ship approaching a hurricane. The captain comes to you as he needs help to deal with the situation. He suggests that you should leave some of the passengers behind on an island that seems deserted - if the weight of the ship is reduced, there is a greater chance that the ship will be able to make it through the hurricane. He asks your group to volunteer to stay behind and then he asks you to pick another 6 persons to fill up the lifeboat

Part 1:

Please read the Passenger List. This has a short description of the persons you can choose from when deciding who to put in the lifeboat. You have to live with these people on the island until someone can come and rescue you. The captain expects that you will be able to find food and water on the island. What you have to think about is whom you will be able to live with for an extended period of time as no one knows when you might be rescued


Part 2:

As the lifeboat arrives on the island, it is time to start building the society you will live in for an uncertain period of time

  • Make up 10 basic rules for life on the island
  • Decide how will the different jobs be divided on the island (who will do what?)
passenger list
  • An economics student, male , age 22
  • His girlfriend, a tour guide, age 19
  • A retired teacher, female
  • Her nephew, a student, age 16
  • A prisoner (former marine), male, age 28
  • The policeman escorting him, age 37
  • A doctor, female, age 49
  • Her husband, a pastor, age 54
  • Their daughter, a social worker, age 27
  • Her husband, a farmer, age 31
  • Their son, age 2
  • A handicapped boy in a wheelchair, age 13
  • His mother, a nurse, age 38
  • A female author, age 47
  • Her husband, a publisher, age 51
  • His father, a retired colonel, age 75
  • The president of a small country, male, age 49
  • His secretary, female, age 23
  • A university student, female, aged 20
  • Her classmate, male, age 20
  • A middle school teacher, male, age 35
  • A junior middle school student, female, age 12
  • A girl who ran away from home, age 16
  • A blind woman (and her guide dog), age 44
survival kit
  • Torch
  • String
  • Penknife
  • Mobile Phone
  • Matches
  • Jewellery
  • Warm clothes
  • A blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Tinned food
  • Water
  • Tent
  • Candles
  • Watch
  • Flares
  • Guitar
  • Saucepan
  • A fishing rod
  • A dog
  • An umbrella
  • Plastic bags
  • Passport/ ID card
  • Life jacket
  • Notebook and pen
instructions teachers

Introduce part 1 of the assignment

  • This assignment is to be solved in small groups
  • Make sure that the students understand the situation of this being an attempt to save all the passengers on the boat by leaving some behind on the island
  • Go over the list of passengers in order to make sure that they understand the connection between the different passengers (e.g. family members). Word explanations may be needed. You may add details about some passengers (e.g. the prisoner may have committed a crime of passion; the female doctor may be a neurosurgeon etc.)
  • Give the groups a limited amount of time (e.g. 10 minutes) to pick the 6 people they want in their lifeboat. Have them make a list of their choices and ask them to be ready to explain why they picked as they did. They need this list for part 2
  • Make lists of all the group choices on the board – compare and contrast. Further questions from the teacher on why someone chose to separate family members etc. can make the discussion even more interesting

Introduce part 2 of the assignment

  • Have the groups write down their 10 basic rules for life on the island
  • Ask the groups for their first and tenth rules and list them on the board. Using the list from part 1, ask about the jobs of the various persons
  • On the list of their chosen persons they must write down the job each person will be doing on the island. They may include themselves on this list as well. Again, a time limit may be needed for the discussion not to go on forever (e.g. 15 mins)