The ocean is full of natural resources and its expanses reach every shore. Who has rights to those resources and how should they be distributed? The class is divided into groups, each representing a different country who has its sights on the resources of the North Sea. Each group maps out and determines rules for dispersing the ocean's wealth, while sustaining it in an environmentally sensitive manner. The groups present their choices and rationale to the class. They finish with a class discussion.
Creating an artifact that is representative of a specific time period provides an opportunity for amateur historians to understand the importance of primary sources. This resource describes the process for students to explore original or replica artifacts before researching and creating one from the era they are studying. These could include simulated diaries, propaganda posters, recipes, etc. A fun and educational activity!