For the Nation Building tasks, students must attempt to create a perfect world through guided tasks and collaboration. The first task is the create laws or commandments for their perfect world. Additional tasks include the creation of holidays, story of country's founding, budgets, punishment system, and symbols. Along with nation building tasks, there are 4 scenarios that the nation must face and overcome. These scenarios range from dissent, outside enemies, and a surplus budget.
For the classroom, I 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!) 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 with a unit on Government, Animal Farm, The Giver, other utopian literature, or even Civics. The products the students create are unique and surprising.