It is one hundred years in the future. Unfortunately political, social, and environmental catastrophes have made the earth's future uncertain. In order to insure the survival of the human race, the United States government has decided to start a colony in a remote galaxy known only to a few scientists. It is hoped that a few carefully chosen colonists can reproduce and preserve the best traits that made mankind the dominant species in the solar system and discard the traits that doomed it to extinction on earth.
The 15 candidates listed below are the final list. Your job is to choose the most qualified person below and write why his or her character traits or skills would make the colony successful. Or you can choose the least qualified of the characters below and write why that person's inclusion would doom the new colony.
This is a creative and flexible way to teach a well-organized essay. There are 15 characters with varying traits that qualify them for the mission, and some negatives are associated with each one. (You can add or subtract from each character to suit your classroom needs. )
The project follows the writing process with specific directions for group work, brainstorming, drafting and revision instructions. A six trait rubric designed specifically for the Star Colony essay is provided as is a sentence pattern sheet to help in creating powerful sentences. There are several follow up projects and ideas that can keep this a part of your classroom discussion throughout the term. This project can be used cross curricular with Language Arts, Social Studies, Journalism and Science classes and matches many Common Core Standards for those disciplines.