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The Time Machine Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and educators will be able to help their students understand the primary themes of H. G. Wells's classic work of science fiction The Time Machine, including the complexities of the class system of the eighteenth century and the emerging debate about evolution. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In The Time Machine, what does the Time Traveller notice about the little people and their society? He notices that no one seems to do work of any kind, and they do not live in separate houses, but in sort of communal buildings. He also notes they eat only fruits and absolutely no meat. He feels as if he is in some kind of utopia.
- When the Time Traveller stops again, after escaping the Morlocks, what is the earth like? It's a very dark, dismal place because the earth no longer turns on its axis. The Time Traveller has landed on the dark side of the planet.
- After escaping from the crab creatures, the Time Traveller goes thirty million years into the future. What does he see? The world is even darker than the world he just left. It is cold and snowy and absolutely silent. He sees no recognizable signs of life except for liverworts and lichen, and a football-sized creature with tentacles.
- When the Time Traveller returns home, why does the Time Machine land in a different place than it had left? When the Time Traveller landed in the world of Eloi, the Morlocks had dragged the machine inside the pedestal. That accounts for the machine returning to the laboratory in a different location.
- What does the Medical Man find to be "a curious thing?" The Medical Man finds it curious that he does not know the natural order of the two flowers the Time Traveller produces from his pocket.
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