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Blogtopia: Blogging about Your Own Utopia

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Blogtopia: Blogging about Your Own Utopia

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Carey Applegate

Washburn, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Overview

Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

After studying utopian literature, students design their own utopian society, publishing the explanation of their ideal world on a blog. As they blog about their utopia, students establish the habits, practices, and organizing social structures that citizens will follow in their utopian societies. They begin by brainstorming ideas about what a perfect society would be like and then, in groups, begin to plan their project. Next, they become familiar with the blogging process, including legal guidelines and the specific site they will be using. Over several class sessions, students work on their blogs comparing their work to a rubric. Finally, after students visit one another’s blogs and provide constructive and supportive feedback, they reflect on their own work. The lesson plan includes alternative handouts for classrooms where computer or blog access is limited. In this alternative, students complete the same basic activities, but publish their work using a Flip Book.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

  • Letter Generator: This online tool allows students to read about the parts of a letter. They can then write and print their own friendly or business letter.
  • Persuasion Map: Students use this online tool to map out and print a persuasive argument. Included are spaces to map out your thesis, three reasons, and supporting details.
  • ReadWriteThink Notetaker: Using this online tool, students can organize, revise, and plan their writing, as well as take notes as they read and research.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Literature often means nothing to students when it's not grounded in a context that matters to them. By providing teenagers with the chance to express their understanding of literature using technology that is exciting and engaging, the literature becomes more significant to their lives and the writing that they do becomes something other than just another assignment. This lesson began as an extension of Colleen A. Ruggieri's "Multigenre, Multiple Intelligences, and Transcendentalism," and provides students with the opportunity to use blogging technology as they develop their own understanding of utopian societies in literature.

Further Reading

Ruggieri, Colleen A. "Multigenre, Multiple Intelligences, and Transcendentalism." English Journal 92.9 (November 2002): 60-68.

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