In the 5th and 6th grades, we read The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book centered around the coming of age of Jonas, a young boy living in a fictional dystopian society.
In Jonas’s world, color does not exist, along with books, emotions, memories, pain, and the freedom of choice.
To further analyze the themes of utopia and dystopia, students created their own utopian societies. They were asked to reflect on various aspects of their imaginary society — its monetary system, government, family structure, etc. — and consider what factors make a society a utopia.
As a class, we discussed:
- What are some potential problems with your society?
- Is your society a utopia for everyone?
- Is it truly possible for a utopian society to exist?