What would it take to establish a utopian community in middle school? Is it crime free, without conflict?
These are some of the questions considered by Lowell Middle School eighth-graders as they attempt to create a Utopian society.
Some of the books students read before working on models of a perfect society included the Uglies, Hunger Games and the Divergent series.
After reading and discussing these books, they talked about American society and studied the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. They wanted to examine how rules and regulations form a society.
Teacher Anna Basting said the project was a first for many of her students.
“It gives them a sense of community and allows them to look out into the world and see what’s going on as the look at different societies and the rules and regulations that govern a society,” she said. “It makes them more globally aware and have a sense of community and care about what’s going on in the world. In the project, they will get a chance to design the kind of world they want to live in.”