Blogtopia Assignment and Rubric

 

Include the following components in the online description of your ideal society. Check the rubric for additional details on the expectations for the project.

 

1. Name of Your Utopian Society Choose a creative and appropriate name to represent your new society. Explain your choice in a way that makes the reasons for the name clear.

 

2. Declaration of Independence Write a brief statement (2–3 paragraphs) describing the reasons for your formation of a utopian society. In other words, what specifically don’t you like about current society? How has the current society broken trust with you? Why do you feel the need to form a “more perfect” society? You might refer to the U.S. Declaration of Independence for ideas.

 

3. Utopian Motto and Seal Create a slogan or motto that inhabitants of your utopia will follow, and develop a utopian seal. Explain the meaning and significance of the motto and seal you choose.

 

4. Utopian Animal What animal would symbolize your utopia? Explain your choice, and include a picture of the animal on your blog.

 

5. List of Rules Develop a list of at least ten rules that all community members will follow. Provide a rationale for each rule.

 

6. Governing Body How will the government of this utopia be structured? Will you have a democracy, an anarchy, a monarchy, or a dictatorship? How will your utopia make decisions?

 

7. Invitation to Friends Write a persuasive letter to a friend or relative on why your utopia is the best one in which to live.

 

8. Journal Entries Write three journal entries, describing three days in your utopia. Choose days when different events will be occurring—for instance, a day when a utopian community member goes to school or work and a day when the person does not. Your entries might include details on work, family, worship, school, entertainment, and so on.

 

9. Daily Itinerary How will utopia inhabitants spend their time during the week? Develop a hypothetical schedule that community members might follow during a typical day. Your itinerary can be a listing of times and activities, but it should be broken down by the hour (or a similar time period that is appropriate for your utopia).

 

10. Advertisement Develop a written advertisement for your community. This ad should be complete with pictures that are representative of life in your utopia. Save the advertisement in a format that can be linked to your blog.

 

 

Source: NCTE/IRA