Twilight Zone Worldview Lessons

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.
It is the middle ground between light and shadow,
between science and superstition,
and it lies between the pit of man’s fears
and the summit of his knowledge.
This is the dimension of imagination.
It is an area which we call the
Twilight Zone.

The thing about The Twilight Zone series, and particularly these episodes below, is that the twists that happen get you deep in the gut. They challenge what you know about reality, and make you ask the right questions. Even now, just looking at the stillshots taken from the episodes, I feel the tension the story elicited when I first saw the episode.

Have fun. You are now entering…The Twilight Zone.

Many of these videos have to do with Paradigm Shifts, where what you thought was real is not what is real. This is a big question in philosophy:

What is real?
What is the ultimate reality?
What is that from which everything else comes?
How can I know?

These are some of the questions we will be dealing with in these lessons.

Cartoon_ParadigmUsing the following videos, you can prepare your students for the big ideas they will face in life. These lesson plans address the Christian worldview versus the status-quo worldview. (See note at bottom for how to find these videos online.)

click here–> Download Free Lesson Worksheets

(formatted worksheets available at above link)


Read Online (non-formatted):

“Eye of the Beholder” Lesson Plan (season 2 episode 6)
“Five Characters In Search of an Exit” Lesson Plan (season 3 episode 14)
“It*s a Good Life” Lesson Plan (season 3 episode 8)
“On Thursday We Leave for Home” Lesson Plan (season 4 episode 16)
“People Are Alike All Over” Lesson Plan (season 1 episode 25)
“The Obsolete Man” Lesson Plan (season 2 episode 29)
“To Serve Man” Lesson Plan (season 3 episode 24)
“Where is Everybody?” Lesson Plan (season 1 episode 1)
Revisions (Stargate SG-1) Lesson Plan (season 7 episode 5)

WHERE TO WATCH THESE VIDEOS:

Some of these can be viewed for free on Youtube. Most of them are free with Amazon Prime On demand. Some can be purchased for $2 each on iTunes or Amazon Video. Alternately they are found in compilations such as THIS ONE on Amazon.)

After you have studied these videos with your kids/students you will know how to analyze the ideas Twilight Zone addresses. You may want to occasionally take a look at other episodes, and dissect those as well. Here is the list of all the early Twilight Zone episodes.

Keep an eye on this webpage, or sign up by CLICKING HERE. I will be updating the lesson plans to make it a more and more comprehensive set of worldview lesson plans, and will send members news as the lessons become live.

Other Resources

“Windows of the Soul” Lesson Plan


Download the Free, Formatted, Print-friendly Lesson Worksheets Here:

Also included:

Introduction to Worldview

A Worldview’s Structure

Is Television of the Devil? (parent involvement worksheet)

 

Stay tuned for updates…

Worldview Lesson to Fit Any Twilight Zone episode (coming soon)

Worldview PPT (coming soon)

Presuppositions (coming soon)

General Revelation (coming soon)

The Trinity (coming soon)

What is Morality? (coming soon)

Music (coming soon)

The Matrix Trilogy Lesson Plans (coming soon)


note: Much of the material here was originated by teacher Darren Hom and posted years ago on Teachbible.com, now offline. It has been reposted here with his permission.

  • Cahokia

    I presented “Nick of Time” (involving prophecies) and “A Nice Place to Visit” (in which a felon finds himself in the afterlife) to my Sunday School class. Both led to good discussion because they demonstrate why it might not be so good for God to give us everything we want.
    In my opinion, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” should be required viewing in every school district’s social studies curriculum. Never have I seen a more vivid warning against hysteria & witch-hunts.

    • Make sure to download the worksheets for future opportunities, maybe VBS. I just uploaded a set of them to my site.

  • I’ll have to take a look at these. Twilight Zone is a great place to open the discussion of paradigm shifts. I can see how kids in a Sunday School class would enjoy this. Thanks for sharing how it has been useful in teaching the next generation how to weigh and measure truth!

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