Kind of Activity:
To understand how Jonas' community compares to other historical utopian communities in the US
Common Core Standards:
Have students define the word "utopia." Discuss whether discuss whether Jonas' community has features of a utopian community. Some points worth mentioning:
- The community is "extraordinarily safe, each citizen watchful and protective of all children" (chapter 6).
- Life conforms to a predictable, safe routine: "The evening proceeded as all evenings did in the family unit, in the dwelling, in the community: quiet, reflective, a time for renewal and preparation for the day...
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