Real-Life Utopias Research Project - Research Skills Cube for The Giver (etc.)

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Nouvelle ELA
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5th - 8th, Homeschool
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What educators are saying

I used this resource as a way to review the steps of a research project. It will tie in very well with the step-by-step procedure I use in 7th grade to guide their final research paper.
This is a very practical and engaging assignment! My students are excited to conduct their own research and then to apply that research to the assignment.


This short research project about utopias helps students practice research skills like summarizing, paraphrasing, embedding quotes, and citing sources. Each side of the Research Cube targets a different skill and presents a different facet of the topic. Students will love this alternative to a research paper!

Use this resource with any dystopian novel study or as a stand-alone project. This is a great alternative research project for The Giver or The Hunger Games.

What other teachers are saying...

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ingrid says, "Such a great visual! This is a project that my students actually wanted to keep. Will be using it again for sure!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lori says, "Great creative product for an alternative final in a research unit. Thanks!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Trev says, "Used this for Fahrenheit 451 and my students loved it :) I will be definitely using this next year!"

Your Research Project includes:

  • Editable instructions with different research skills
  • Editable rubric
  • Editable Research Sheet
  • Photo example
  • List of 7 "student-friendly" real-life utopias

Your students will love this low-stakes research activity! They start their cube on an ordinary box of tissues, and you can use these in your classroom after the project has been completed and graded.

I originally used this as a The Giver research project and had students create a utopia. You can use it to feature a real-life utopia or have students make their own.

About Your Resource:

Your download is a .zip file containing a print-and-go version of this product and an editable version in .doc format. Instructions for use and copyright information are included in this resource. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

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Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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