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Utopia ProjectUtopia was an imaginary island described by Sir Thomas More in the 14th century which was to be a perfect community. Utopias government and social customs were all designed to ensure the fulfillment and happiness of its people. Lois Lowrys novel, The Giver, is part of a long literary tradition in which writers attempt to describe the perfect society. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato probably envisioned the first Utopian society in Platos Republic, written 350 B.C.E.

1Describe the utopian society in this novel.What are some of the problems of this society? Have you read any other books that describe a utopian society?Do you think it is possible to successful in creating such a world?The GiverSome examples from American history include the Oneida Community, the Shakers, the Harmonists, and Brook Farm.Some modern American utopian communities include Victory City, Utopian States, and The Principality of New Utopia.

Other links to browse:

Utopia: WikipediaDystopia New HarmonyThe ShakersVictory CityThe Principality of New Utopia

Real World Attempts at UtopiaOur country is in decline and will soon face extinction. Your group has been chosen to create a plan for an ideal community. Your group will present this plan to the class as if you are trying to recruit your classmates as colonists to your utopian community. The Task

Each group member will be responsible for presenting one of the following subtopics: :1. Government and Values 2. Family, 3. Education and Careers4. Technology and Location

ProcessSteps1. Students will use the sites provided to research their subtopic.

2. Students will make note cards to help with oral presentation.

3. Students will prepare a minimum of four slides for their presentation that include pictures and engaging graphics.

4. Students will document sources for resources, photos, and music using either Citationmachine.net, Citationmachine.com, or easybib.com. In addition to a Works Cited page, there will be a parenthetical citation included with each slide.

In your perfect world, what would be the ideal form of government? Who will be in charge and make decisions for your community? How will the leader(s) be chosen? How long will they serve? What do the people in your community value most? Briefly describe five important values of your community.

1. Government and Values Types of Governments:

Types of Governments from BBC:

Values:

ResourcesIn your perfect world what would be the ideal family? How will families be formed? Who will decide who marries whom and who has children? How many children will be allowed in each family? Who will care for the children? Where? Who will care for the elderly? Where?Think of at least one original family ritual that all families of your community will observe (like celebrating Christmas with presents and a tree).

2. FamilyResourcesWhat is the Ideal Marriage?

Marriage Site, 09

Ancient Weddings:

Arranged Marriage

Arranged Marriages in the US

China's One Child Policy, 08

Infant Day Care Issues

Child Care Site

Care of Elderly

Elder Care

Care of Elderly,09

In your perfect world what would be the ideal way to learn? Describe your school. What age will students pursue their education? Describe the school building (or location). What will be taught, with what tools, and by whom? Will girls and boys be treated differently? Who chooses what career each member of the community will pursue and how is it chosen? How long must citizens have the same job?

3. Education and Careers:Student compiled History of American Education: Contains many images.The History of American EducationMisunderstood MindsBBC NEWS | Middle East | Muslim girls struggle for education Some traditional interpretations of Islam mean access to education for Arab ... Emphasis on female education in the Arab world is lacking almost altogether ... Open Progressive SchoolKindergarten Apprenticeship http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ApprenticeshipBill Gate's School of the FutureCareer siteEducation Site, 09Toffler's School of Tomorrow

ResourcesDescribe the level of technology for your community. Will your community have futuristic technology or go back to simpler times? What methods of transportation will be used? What about communication? What will be your communitys source of energy?Describe your community layout and location. (For example: Our community will be one large building located on an island in the Pacific Ocean.)

4. Technology/Location:

13ResourcesTimeline of Transportation Technology from WikipediaInnovative Transportation Technologies: Contains some new ideas for transportationHydrogen Fuel Cells: Basic information about how hydrogen fuel cells workCars of the FutureRobotic PetsFuture For All: What's Coming?

Future Energy SourcesWhat is Nanotechnology?Cities of the FutureEnergy linksChevy Fuel CellNuclear PowerEnergy Sources: check left marginInnovative TransportationCoolest communication devices of the futureFloating Platforms for Island Communities

All groups will present their findings to the class by means of a PowerPoint presentation supported by each team members detailed explanation of his/her subtopic.

1. The team presentation will be at least eight minutes long. 2. Each member will speak about his/her individual subtopic. 3. Students will be graded on final powerpoint presentation.

Group Presentation:PREPARE CITATIONS USING THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

Citationmachine.com

http://citationmachine.net

easybib.com

Notebook entry 61: Define Utopia and cite examples of it from The Giver

Meet with group to assign roles and share initial ideas

Exit slip with definition of Utopia

Day 1:Go to my web page and open up Utopia Powerpoint

Notebook entry 62: select two sources from the Utopia Powerpoint that relate to your subtopic questions. Take Cornell Notes for essential question: What are some ideas for my Utopia?

On an exit card, write several ideas from each sourceDay 2:Create Powerpoint Save it as UtopiaTitle first page Works CitedCite two sources using:http://citationmachine.netCitationmachine.com easybib.com

If the citation website doesnt recognize the URL address, then you need to put in specific information such as author (last name, first name),article title, website name, date published or revised, and URL address.

Gallery walk of works cited pageDay 3Notebook entry 63A: My ideasAfter reviewing notes, jot down some ideas for your UtopiaNotebook entry 63B: Group planUsing Powerpoint prompt, go over questions for each topic and answer as groupRecord answers for ALL topics in 63BDont forget to name your world

Share in whiparoundDay 4Review questions to be addressed

Complete slide one including pictures, text, and citation for all borrowed ideas and photos

Make sure you add citations to work cited page and add a parenthetical citation in the slide

Complete notecard or cards for that slide

View slides with a gallery walk

Day 5: Begin powerpoint1. List sources on work cited page

2. Add parenthetical citations to actual slides:

Author: (Lowry)Article Title: (Checklist for Personal Values)Website name: (PBS)Citing SourcesStutz, Unknown. N.p.. Web. 28 May 2013. . N.p.. Web. 28 May 2013. .

Jabr, F.. N.p.. Web. 28 May 2013. .

Roberts, C.. N.p.. Web. 28 May 2013. .

. N.p.. Web. 29 May 2013. .

Works CitedOur government will be a monarchy.

(Famous Queens)

The ruler will be a female

After World War VII, it was decided that female leadership might lead to a conflict-free society.

The queen is selected through genetic testing of all female members of the population

Genetic markers indicate desired qualities of kindness, generosity, and diplomacy

A queen must be at least thirty years of age.

(Scientific American)

This society will select a queen who can live by the values which are most important to its citizens.

Among these values are:

PEACE KINDNESS GENEROSITY

(Roberts)

A queen will serve for no more than thirty years

Following her service, she will retire to the Island of Past Queens

She and her family will live out the rest of her days in luxury.

(Breath of Inspiration)

Review questions to be addressed

Complete slide two including pictures, text, and citation for all borrowed ideas and photos

Make sure you add citations to work cited page and add a parenthetical citation in the slide

Complete notecard or cards for that slide

View slides with a gallery walk

Day 6: Powerpoint continuedReview questions to be addressed

Complete slide three including pictures, text, and citation for all borrowed ideas and photos

Make sure you add citations to work cited page and add a parenthetical citation in the slide

Complete notecard or cards for that slide

View slides with a gallery walk

Day 7: Powerpoint continuedReview questions to be addressed

Complete slide four including pictures, text, and citation for all borrowed ideas and photos

Make sure you add citations to work cited page and add a parenthetical citation in the slide

Complete notecard or cards for that slide

View slides with a gallery walkDay 8: Powerpoint continuedReview each presentationTime each presentation to ensure that it is two minutes longPractice presenting

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