For the Nation Building tasks, students must attempt to create a perfect world through guided tasks and collaboration. There are a variety of fun tasks to guide students to their idea of a perfect world. The tasks include the following:
1. The first task is the create laws or commandments for their perfect world.
2. After the commandments are completed the next activity is to create a flow chart of consequences for the laws.
3. Challenge - in face of dissent, the leaders have to give a speech and create a propaganda poster to counter the revolt.
4. The next task requires students to create a flag, seal, and motto for their world.
5. Challenge - create a code of civil liberties to protect their citizens.
6. Then students create holidays for their world and the story of their nation's creation.
7. Students will create a tax system to collect money to pay for essentials and also create a budget.
8. Challenge - create a project and propaganda poster to quell people critical of the budget
9. Challenge - fear! Address a fear of the citizens and actions needed to conquer the fear.
Along with nation building tasks, there are 4 scenarios/conflicts that the nation must face and overcome. These scenarios range from dissent, outside enemies, and a surplus budget.
For the classroom, you can have each student start by creating their own commandments and then present. After the presentations, students have the option of joining another world. For each nation building task, students can move to a nation that is most desirable. (This is where it gets fun!) Or you can have small groups create a variety of different perfect worlds and present them at the end.
The teacher can make or change rules for students to make sure that eventually two competing worlds are created. This engages the students and helps with collaboration skills, especially when the groups get larger. The unit activity is a great way to get students to be imaginative, creative, cooperative, and learn without knowing it.
Pair the tasks and activities with a unit on Government, the Cold War, Animal Farm, The Giver, other utopian literature, or even Civics. The products the students create are unique and surprising.