Introduction to the Project
Provide your students with the following scenario:
It is the year 2042 in the summer, and World War III is raging throughout the lands. Everyday when you listen to the radio, you hear news of some bombing or that the death toll is on a continuous rise. You and your family live in a large city, where there is always something happening. Typically, you and your family enjoy the city life. You have things to do, you have friends your own age, and you enjoy the environment. But, things are really about to change. The war is moving closer and closer to your home. Your mother decides to take you and flee to a safer place. Your father must stay behind to continue his research on weaponry for the Allied forces. So, you and your mother pack a few things and decide to leave the city. Things go awry! The opposing forces in World War III invade your city as you and your mother are on the way out. In all of the hustle and bustle, screams and gunshots, you are separated from your mother. While you are trying to find her, you are hit very hard on the head and pass out. When you wake, things are much different than before.
You find yourself lying along the curb of a street you have never seen. Nearby is a large Jamaican man, who introduces himself as Timothy. Timothy explains that he rescued you from the all the chaos and the invaders and that he does not know where your mother is or if she is even alive. He is a homeless man and he promises to share his knowledge of life on the streets with you. Your head throbs from the pain, and you black out again. Things continue like this for days, until one day you wake and cannot see at all. Timothy takes care of you, though. As you and Timothy look at your new surroundings, it becomes more and more evident that no one else is around. You are completely alone. Since there is no one to work in the factories or power plants, there is no access to purified water. All of the restaurants and grocery stores have been torn up and salvaged by the people who invaded your city. You have nothing but the clothes on your backs.
How are you going to survive? What will you need to learn in order to survive? Is there any hope for you and your newfound friend? These are all questions that you must answer.