Time Travel

Discussion, reading and listening activity

  • Do you think that we will be able to travel in time one day? Why? Why not?
  • If time travel was possible, which moment or historical period  would you like to return to? Why?
  • How far into the future would you like to travel? What do you hope to see?
  • Imagine on your time travels, you can take five objects to show people what life is like in the early 21st century. What five objects would you take? Why?
  • Which famous character from the past would you most like to meet? Why? What would you ask this person? How would you spend the time with him/her?

How has the topic of time travel been depicted in literature and films?  Have you seen any of the movies below? Can you match the synopsis to the right movie poster?
A.The Sound of Thunder
B.The Time Traveler’s Wife
C. The Time Machine
D. Lake House


You are about to listen to an episode of radio show The Engines of Our Ingenuity  by John H. Lienhard. Listen and answer the questions below.

1)What were the asumptions about pushing frontiers and time travel when he was growing up?
2)What were the literary influences of these perspectives at the time?
3)What pros and cons began surfacing then about time travel?
4)How does he describe the movie The Time Traveler’s Wife?
5)What does he think about The Lake House?
6)What part does choice play according to his final comments?

Source: http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2104.htm

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