Lusitania

A Tragedy, a Turning Point, a Twisted Timeline

Mission Overview

The timeline has been altered!  A fissure in time has opened and something from another world has crossed into the Atlantic Ocean in the year 1915.  Its presence has triggered a chain of events that threatens to unravel human history as we know it!

In 1915 Europe was engulfed in World War I.  German forces spread across the continent, and their powerful U-boat submarines threatened the seas.  On May 7, 1915, a German U-boat sank a British passenger ship—the Lusitania—which was carrying almost 2,000 people, including many Americans.  The Lusitania was unarmed, and this attack ultimately led to the United States entering the war.

With the help of the U.S., Germany was defeated in World War I and was punished severely.  Germany was outraged and humiliated by its defeat, and over time this led to the Nazi’s rise to power and the beginning of World War II 21 years later.

At the time of World War II, America was suffering through the Great Depression.  The war helped America pull itself out of the Great Depression and become a political and economic superpower.  This, in turn, led to many of the vital advances in science, technology, and medicine in the modern world.

At least, that’s what was supposed to happen.  But now the timeline has been altered, history is unraveling, and the world may change completely.  The Infinity Knights—the renowned protectors of peace and justice throughout the universe—must act quickly to restore the timeline before Earth’s history is overwritten.

Standards-Based Curriculum

  • World War I history
  • Marine biology
  • Metric weights and measures
  • Sonar
  • Classic Literature:  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Depth and Pressure
  • Oceanography
  • Turning Points in History

Higher Order Thinking

  • What positive outcomes can stem from tragedies?
  • How should one respond to oppression?
  • Who should be responsible for dispensing justice?
  • How should one decide whether to use a powerful ability?
  • How can the long-term impact of a person or action be measured?

Instructor Materials

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