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THE GIVER: UTOPIA PROJECT Name: _________________ Date: __________ Period: ______
Utopia: ‘The Perfect World’ Project ◦ In the novel The Giver, Jonas lives in a utopian world designed to provide food, shelter and safety to the people of the community. ◦ If you had to design your “perfect world”, what would it look like? What would life be like for the people who live in your community? ◦ What would be special about your community that would make other people want to join it? ◦ You are going to be designing your own utopian world. Your project will include information about the following areas. Under each category, you must supply enough information to inform others of your community and entice them to join. Name/ Motto/ Flag/ Map *Government *Education *Family *Housing *Employment *Money *Transportation *Climate *Recreation *Technology
Utopia: ‘The Perfect World’ Project o. Imagine a perfect world… Imagine all of the things that make you happy. o. Before You Begin, Brainstorm! v. Think of the negativity we see in our world! What if you had the chance to change that? v. Consider what aspects of society you feel have a negative impact on civilization (pollution, violence, discrimination, poverty, etc. . . ). v. If you could remove such things and create your own UTOPIA, what would it look like? How would it function? o. Many have attempted to create a true utopian society and here is your chance to try for yourself. paradox
Government Every community needs laws, otherwise there would be chaos. o. List 10 rules or laws in your community. v. Who makes the laws? v. How are the laws enforced? v. Is your community a democracy? A dictatorship? A monarchy? v. What happens when a person in the community breaks a law? What happens when someone continues to break the laws – rules? v. Can the laws-rules be changed? o. You should write at least 10 sentences about your government.
Education School is a way of preparing kids to be successful members of the community. o. What will school be like in your community? � v. What will be taught and what subjects will be required? v. When and how long are citizens educated? v. How will education serve the community? � v. How will schools in your community be different from schools in your community now? o. You should write at least 8 sentences about your educational system.
Family Think about the families in your utopian community. o. What are families going to be like in your community? v. Are the families going to be: üMatriarchal – Controlled by the mothers of the family üPatriarchal – Controlled by the father of the family üNeither matriarchal or patriarchal v. How many kids should each family have? Is it regulated? Why or why not? v. Does everyone in each family live in the same dwelling? Why or why not? o. You should write at least 8 sentences about the families in your community.
Housing Neighborhoods/Individual family dwellings. o. What are the neighborhoods like in your community? v. Do people live in separate houses? In townhouses? In apartments? In tents? v. Is it provided by the government? v. How many houses can a citizen have? v. Describe the dwellings in your community. Are all of the houses the same or different? Explain o. You should write at least 8 sentences about the housing that you provide for the people in your community.
Employment Think about the jobs people must have to help your community function. o. Choose 5 important jobs to describe. v. For each job, include: the title of the job üthe function of the job üthe type of people chosen for the job ühow people are trained for the job o. How do citizens get jobs? o. Are there any special jobs essential to the community o. What is the allowable age to work? o. Is there a maximum or minimum work week or hours o. How will you society be similar and/or different than The Giver’s? How will it be different from ours?
Money o. Is there a system of money in your community? v. If the answer is yes: üDraw a picture of your money (coins and paper money) üWhat is your money called? v. If the answer is no: üWhy don’t you have money? üHow do you “pay” people for their jobs? üHow do people get what they need to survive? o. You should write at least 5 sentences on the system of money in your community?
Transportation o. How do people get around in your community? Is there a system of mass transit? Why or why not? o. Is it issued by the government? v. REMEMBER, IF YOUR COMMUNITY IS VERY LARGE, YOU SHOULD HAVE A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND QUICKLY!!!! o. You should write at least 3 sentences about your system of transportation in your community.
Environment/Climate Think about where you would have your community built. o. What is the climate like in your community? v. Tropical? v. Arctic? v. Do the seasons change? o. Are there animals in your community? v. What kinds? v. Are they pets or wild? Why? o. You should write at least 5 sentences about the environment and climate of your community.
Recreation o. What is recreation like in your community? v. How much time do most people spend on recreation each week? v. What do people do for fun in your utopian community? v. Does the government control how people spend their free time? v. How is this different from the way people spend their free time in the community that you live in now? o. You should write at least 5 sentences about recreation in your community.
Technology o. How does your community view technology? v. Are they technologically advanced? Do the people live a more simple life? o. You should write at least 3 sentences about the technology in your community.
Additional Information o Name of your Utopia. BE CREATIVE!!!!!! o A motto that represents - contains your community’s beliefs. o Design a flag for your community. Think about color symbolism. o EXTRA CREDIT: Draw an overview map of your community. Make sure to label: v. Houses v. Schools v. Business district (stores, etc. ) v. Roads v. Government buildings v. Areas for recreation v. Any additional areas that are important for your community
Utopia: ‘The Perfect World’ Project o You MUST create the following: v. Name of your Utopia. v. A motto that represents - contains your community’s beliefs. v. A flag to represent your society v. Ten rules to govern your society o You MUST address five (5) of the following topics in bold within your project: *Government *Education *Family *Housing *Employment *Money *Transportation *Climate *Recreation *Technology o You MUST create one of the following to share-present your community’s beliefs: POSTER BROCHUR E WRITTEN DESCRIPTIO N
Utopia: ‘The Perfect World’ Project ◦ When creating your utopian community, be creative and unique. ◦ The “perfect” society would only expect that…right? ? ? **REMEMBER: The idea of a utopia stems from science fiction. You may include FICTIONAL ideas to create your vision of a utopia. Feel free to dream up the impossible.