Is Alaska the state where you can escape?

Introduction

LIVING OFF THE GRID.

 

Many people dream about changing the way they live, about starting to live the life freely, away from society, and maybe more in tune with the nature. The true way to make this happen is to start living off the grid.

In this webquest you will try to convince your friends to this idea.

You don't know what 'living off the grid' means? Don't worry! Watch this video as an introduction:

 

Task

Your task is to convince your friends to the idea of 'living off the grid'.

In order to do so, you will have to prepare and present a short presentation (10/15 minutes) about 'living off the grid'. For easier understanding, you will choose a place (in Alaska)  and provide exemplary solutions to some basic problems concerning 'living off the grid'.   

The presentation should be made in a interesting way to convince others.  You can use PowerPoint (or any other presentation program) or make a poster.

 

Good Luck!

Process

Step 1:

First, study the topic. To prepare the task you will need to learn a little bit more about the idea of living off the grid.

This website will help:

https://www.livingetc.com/advice/off-grid-living-the-expert-guide-to-what-it-is-and-how-to-get-it-right

Step 2:

The most important thing about living off the grid is to find the right place. So, first think about a location in Alaska (real or imaginary) which in your opinion would be the best option.

Here are some websites that can help you:

https://www.alaska.org/

https://www.travelalaska.com/Destinations/Regions.aspx

https://www.roughguides.com/gallery/the-most-beautiful-places-in-alaska/

Prepare a short and general description of this place (include a picture, drawing or a map of that area). Answer: 

Where it is located?

What about the climate and terrain?

What is interesting about this place?

Is it close to the shore or mountains? 

Step 3:

Now, once you have described the place it is time to think about other important details.

You have to explain how to deal with things like:

1. Housing.

2. Free time.

3. Food and water.

4. Energy.

5.Other things that in your opinion may be important (the more the better!).

6.In the end think about possible advantages of such way of living, especially in Alaska.

These links may help you with this step:

https://www.moneyunder30.com/the-cost-of-living-off-grid#:~:text=In%20general%2C%20however%2C%20living%20off,(like%20sewer%20and%20water).

https://www.alaskatravel.com/transportation/

https://www.thesmartsurvivalist.com/living-off-the-grid-in-alaska-all-questions-answered/

Try to explain each point in more than 1 sentence or use more complex structures. 

Step 4:

Using all the information you have gathered prepare a presentation (e.g. in PowerPoint)

The presentation should take about 10/15 minutes and include information from step 2 and 3.

Step 5:

Now  you will present it to the class in the format you have chosen. Remember, you have to convince your classmates so try to make it as interesting as possible.

 

Evaluation

You will be evaluated based on the following rubrics: 

Speaking Performance:

  1-2 points 3-4 points 5-6 points 7-8 points
Grammar sufficient control of simple grammatical forms a good degree of control of simple grammatical forms attempts some complex grammatical forms a good degree of control of a range of simple and some complex grammatical forms
Vocabulary a limited range of appropriate vocabulary a sufficient range of appropriate vocabulary  a good range of appropriate vocabulary a good range of appropriate vocabulary to give and exchange views on a wide range of familiar topics
Pronunciation mostly intelligible, despite limited control of phonological features mostly intelligible, some control of phonological features intelligible, individual sounds are generally articulated clearly, intonation is generally appropriate intelligible, individual sounds are articulated clearly, intonation is appropriate

Presentation:

  0 points 1 point 2 points 3 points
Location not included 1 simple sentence or not interesting 2 sentences/ interesting  3+ sentences/ interesting
Housing - 1 simple sentence/ not interesting 2 sentences/ interesting  3+ sentences/ interesting
Free time - 1 simple sentence/ not interesting 2 sentences/ interesting  3+ sentences/ interesting
Food and water - 1 simple sentence/ not interesting 2 sentences/ interesting  3+ sentences/ interesting
Energy - 1 simple sentence/ not interesting 2 sentences/ interesting  3+ sentences/ interesting
Additional points - 1 example 2 examples 3+ examples
Advantages - 1 example 2 examples 3+ examples

 

Conclusion

After finishing the task try to answer the following questions:

- Would it be really possible to live in the Alaskan wilderness?

-What do you think about the idea of living without modern technology?

-Would you like to try it? Why?/Why not? 

-Can you think about any negative side of such way of living?

In the end, take this quiz which will check what you have learn about the topic, and tell you if this idea would be really for you:

https://www.quizony.com/could-you-go-off-the-grid/index.html

Credits