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Informational Essay Assignment. Real-Life Utopias. Assignment Objectives. Conduct research in order to define a utopia and dystopia Apply what you know about dystopian literature and make connections between an established utopia Cite evidence to support your argument

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assignment objectives
Assignment Objectives
  • Conduct research in order to define a utopia and dystopia
  • Apply what you know about dystopian literature and make connections between an established utopia
  • Cite evidence to support your argument
  • Practice informational writing skills
dystopian literature
Dystopian Literature

As we’ve learned dystopian literature presents a world of oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society.

This is achieved by various means. Consult dystopian characteristics chart for more ideas.

  • Review examples from Brave New World
the task
The Task

Now that we’ve read about a dystopia, is it possible for one to exist in real life?

The World State succeeds because the citizens believe they live in a utopia, could we be victims of the same ignorance?

Do real life utopias exist, and are they truly dystopias?

the process
The Process
  • We will begin the second step, outlining examples of how the characters in BNW define their utopia, and what makes it dystopian.
essay requirements
Essay Requirements
  • Introduction:
    • Research-based definition of utopia and dystopia.
    • Thesis proves why a utopia changes into a dystopia.
  • Body paragraph one:
    • Prove how the Controllers convinces the citizens of the World State that they live in a utopia.
    • Need quoted passages of support and analysis.
  • Body paragraph two:
    • In what ways is the World State really a dystopia, based on the traits studied in class.
    • Need quoted passages of support and analysis.
essay requirements1
Essay Requirements
  • Body paragraph three:
    • Research a real life utopian community. How do they define their personal utopia.
    • Include quoted passages of support and analysis.
  • Body paragraph four:
    • Show how the vision of a real life utopia evolves into a dystopia based on dystopian traits.
    • Include quoted passages of support and analysis.
  • Conclusion should be thought provoking, and relate to themes we have studied this semester.
writing a thesis statement
Writing a Thesis Statement
  • Everyone will begin the thesis in a similar way:
    • The illusion of a perfect society is represented in the World State and ____.
    • The World State and ____ are illusions of perfect utopian worlds.
writing a thesis statement1
Writing a Thesis Statement
  • The arguments will be different for everyone depending on the dystopian traits you select…
      • The illusion of utopia is destroyed since the citizens live a dehumanized life and worship a corrupt leader.
      • The utopia evolves into dystopia because the citizens must conform to uniform expectations, and the outside world is distrusted.
  • Your arguments can change after you do some research! It’s ok! 
outlining body paragraph one
Outlining Body Paragraph One:
  • Topic Sentence should remind reader of thesis statement and answer this question:
    • How do the World Controllers convince citizens of the World State that they live in a utopia?
  • Find a quote to support this idea. Write down, include the citation.
  • Explain to the reader, in 4 sentences how the quote relates to the idea of illusion of utopia.
outlining body paragraph two
Outlining Body Paragraph Two:
  • Topic Sentence should remind reader of the argument used in the thesis statement and answer this question:
    • In what way is the World State really a dystopia?
  • Find a second quote to support this idea, write it down and cite it.
  • Explain to the reader, in 4 sentences how the quote relates to the argument used in thesis about dystopia.
important dates
Important Dates
  • Mon 10/21: Library for research
  • Tues 10/22: Library for research and writing
  • Wed 10/23: F-217 for writing
      • (2nd period laptop cart)
  • Tues 10/29: Library for writing
  • Wed 10/30: Peer editing in class
  • Thurs 10/31: Final Draft is due
back yard utopias
Back Yard Utopias
  • Owl House & Camel Yard - South Africa Helen Martins (1898–1976) 
  • Bottle Village - Simi Valley, CaliforniaTressa "Grandma" Prisbrey (1896–1988) 
  • The Forevertron - Baraboo, WisconsinDr. Evermor, born 1938 
  • Palais Ideál - Hauterives, France Ferdinand Cheval, 1836–1924
  • Paradise Garden - Summerville, Georgia,

Howard Finster, 1916–2001 

  • Pasaquan - Columbus, Georgia

Eddie Owens Martin(1908–1986)

  • Salvation Mountain - Slab City, California

Leonard Knight, born 1931 

  • Rock Garden - Chandigarh, India 

Nek Chand, born 1924

  • Watts Towers - Los Angles, California,

Simon Rodia (1879–1965)

  • Windmill Park - Lucama, North Carolina

Vollis Simpson, born 1919

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/offthemap/html/travelogue_menu.htm

american utopias
American Utopias
  • Ephrata Cloister, Pennsylvania
  • New Harmony, Indiana
  • Brook Farm, Massachusetts
  • The Oneida Community, New York
  • The Amana Colonies, Iowa
  • Lomaland, California
  • The Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony, California
  • Drop City, Colorado
  • Twin Oaks, Virginia
  • Jonestown, Guyana

http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/10/history-american-utopia-oped-utopia08-cx_ml_0410america_slide.html

eight modern utopias
Eight Modern Utopias
  • Arcosanti, Arizona
  • Crystal Waters, Australia
  • The EcoVillage,N.Y.
  • The Farm, Tennesse
  • Findhorn Foundation And Community, Scotland
  • Twin Oaks Community, Virginia
  • Toyosato, A YamagishiVillage, Japan
  • ZEGG, Belzig, Germany

http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/10/enviromental-utopias-communities-oped-utopia08-cx_ee_0410ecotopia_slide.html

other topics
Other Topics…
  • E-Book: Utopias in American History
    • http://ebooks.abc-clio.com/reader.aspx?isbn=9781598840537&id=UTAMHI1E.1You’ll need H-H library applications log-on info if using from home
  • “Bio Credits Charles Manson's Terrible Rise To Right Place And Time”
    • http://www.npr.org/2013/09/18/223463616/bio-credits-mansons-terrible-rise-to-right-place-and-time
  • “Silicon Valley Trailer Park Residents Fight To Stay”
    • http://www.npr.org/2013/10/15/227807022/silicon-valley-trailer-park-residents-fight-to-stay
  • “The Dark Side of Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
    • http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html
  • “Tomorrow's cities: Just how smart is Songdo? South Korea?”
    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23757738