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Escape the Room! - Mission Havana, 1959
"You are American business people from the United Fruit Company, placed under house arrest by the new Castro regime due to your close ties to Batista. You have managed to ply the guard with rum and he has passed out. But you have only one hour to find a way to escape before he wakes up and takes his revenge".
What are the methods and conditions by which Castro rose to power in Cuba?
In this self-contained worksheet, students are provided with detailed information relating to the rise of Castro and a range of tasks to help them answer the key question.
Online video documentary (24 minutes)
This should be used for extra detail. Minute-by-minute teacher notes are also available.
20 questions to test knowledge of what has been learned.
An escape room is, according to Wikipedia, “a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms”. They are increasingly popular as team-building exercises as well as a fun leisure activity - but have immense potential for creating some memorable learning experiences in the classroom.
I have constructed a full-blown escape room activity and supporting resources developing student knowledge and understanding of the Rise of Castro. I have written in depth about the logistics of setting up an educational escape room here.
The rule of Castro should be investigated as the case study for the ActiveHistory unit "Rule of 20th Century Dictators: Comparative Study Unit", based around the ActiveHistory Simulation “Which 20th Century Dictator are YOU?”
Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Leonore Annenberg, American businesswoman and diplomat (d. 2009)
Deaths (400 years ago today): 1618 - Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1968 - Anthony Asquith, English director and screenwriter (b. 1902)
Commemorations:World Day of Social Justice
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