Some honors students will be working on a group project between now and Christmas Break in which they have to create a utopian community. The groups are going to have to take many issues into consideration as they create their world. After they have decided on all their specifics, they are going to put together a documentary explaining their world. They will present their documentary to the class and answer any questions that students or Mrs. Abbott may have about their world that is not covered in the video. The specific areas they are going to have to consider are:
1. Government (you must have one)
- Who will make the rules and how will they be enforced?
- How will you decide on leadership? (Vote? competition? royal family?)
- What are some of the rules that your country will have?
- What will happen to someone if they break the rules?
2. Education (must be some form)
- What subjects will be required? (What skills do you want to emphasize in your community? Think about the jobs you want to prepare them for.)
- What ages will attend?
- How will your education system be different from our current one?
- What special features will school have to help students?
- What kind of businesses will you have in your society?
- How will students be trained for their employment?
- How will people be paid?
- What type of monetary unit will your society use? How does it compare to our dollar?
- How will you provide for those who are unemployed?
5. Outside Influences (Those from other communities)
- Will you be a self-supporting community (provide your own food, waste disposal, etc.) or will you need to get some things from outside the community?
- If you will be self-supporting, what are all the things that your community will need that you will need to provide for?
- If you will trade with other countries, what will be your policies about trade?
- What kind of things or services will you need to get outside of your community?
- How does your community feel about allowing visitors or letting members of your community visit other places?
- What will be the responsibilities of the children? At what age do children start having adult responsibilities?
- What will adults’ responsibilities be? What about the responsibilities of the elderly? At what point do you consider someone elderly?
- What will happen to the elderly when they begin to go senile? How will you provide for them?
- What type of transportation will your community use?
- Think about pollution. What type of public transportation will you provide?
- Will you have any special means of transportation other than roads? (Subways, air shuttle, trolley, etc.)
8. Recreation/ Entertainment
- What will people in your community have to do for entertainment?
- How do you plan to maintain cleanliness and keep up the environment?
- What types of entertainment will you provide for you children? Teenagers? Adults? Elderly?
- What types of clothing styles will be popular?
Day 1 Classes: December 12th
Day 2 Classes: December 15th