Magic Isle: Lesson Plan 1

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What are the factors that limit growth and expansion? As part of their study of Catalina Island, class members view the West of the West's documentary Magic Isle and research William Wrigley and the Santa Catalina Island Company. After learning more about the limiting factors, groups take on the roles of engineering companies and craft a proposal to develop the island and increase the company's profits.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research the current extreme water restrictions for residents and businesses on Catalina Island
Classroom Considerations

  • Presumes class members are familiar with Visible Thinking routines
  • The activity does not address the question of whether or not the island should be further developed
Pros

  • Links are provided to additional resources on Visible Thinking routines and on the history of Catalina Island
Cons

  • No rubric is provided for the assignment
Common Core