This assignment and rubric is a must for any project involving utopian societies. It is recommended that students read excerpts of Thomas More's "Utopia" first, and then do this activity before studying dystopias.
This easy-to-follow assignment includes the directions for a written description of a utopia, followed by instructions for a brochure. A rubric on the second page is general so that teachers can assign any number of points to this project.
See how I used this lesson
in my own classroom.
- I had the students complete the written portion first, and made it due on the day we did brochures in class.
- I gave each student 1 colored piece of construction paper and 2 pieces of white copy paper. They folded the copy paper into and around the construction paper, so that they could write the information for their brochures.
- Don't have the students glue the white paper to the construction paper until AFTER they have finished writing and drawing-- that way, if they make a mistake, all they need is a new piece of copy paper!
Also for a dystopian unit:
Harrison Bergeron – Dystopian Short Story Discussion Questions
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