Research Project for The Giver - Real-Life Utopias Portfolio
In this research portfolio, students explore real-life examples of utopias. They present their findings through a variety of creative written and artistic projects. This is the perfect follow-up or integrated project to use while reading The Hunger Games or The Giver.
- Evaluating sources
- Citing & paraphrasing evidence
- Analyzing claims
Students will be engaged and excited as they present their results in an alternative to a formal paper!
This is a complete research project based on the Big6 Style, differentiated to meet the needs of your high-achievers as well as struggling readers, LEP students, and EC students.
***You can reuse several of these components for other projects, research, or presentations (the evaluation sheets, for example).****
Sometimes, students think The Giver is total fantasy, all the way down to the creation of The Community. A research project like this shines a light on real-world utopian efforts and allows students to explore why they thrive or fail.
1. Full Teacher’s Guide with project options, suggestions for research phases, considerations for student workdays, and ideas for showcasing student work
2. Editable project materials, rubrics, and unit plan:
-Research Prep Sheet
3. Activities and handouts to build research skills (paper + digital):
-Integrating Sources with model text (“In Focus: Gordon Parks”)
-Source Sheet/Source Cards
-Research Overview Booklet (or Slideshow)
-MLA Cheat Sheet
4. Presentation Feedback Slips you can reuse for any project
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