01.07.08

Cores 1+4:

  1. Perfect Book Record-on: Speak the most important factor about your perfect book into the iPod recorder.
  2. Explore the concept of Utopia through definition, brainstorms, and writing:
  3. Brainstorm ideas about utopias and write down ALL responses:
    • What words come to mind when you think about utopia?
    • What changes may have taken place as humans redefine the term utopia?
    • What things or places might be considered utopian?
  4. Categorize the ideas that were written down.
    • How could you categorize these ideas into groups?
    • What could you call each group? Why?
    • What are some commonalities of utopias?
  5. Brainstorm a list of things that man throughout the ages would consider utopian?
    • What can you say about these things?
    • What do you call each of these groups? Why?
    • Are the following characteristics of utopias: paradise, heaven, new worlds, perfection of some sort? Why or why not?
  6. Make generalizations about utopias and human’s changing ideas regarding them.
    • What can you say about utopias that is usally true? How are our examples alike?
  • Humans have been searching for or trying to create a utopian world in some way since time began.
  • Humans corrupt their utopia after finding it or creating it.
  • Each human strives to create his/her own personal and societal utopia.
  • Dreams memories, nature, emotions, and time help shape our ideas regarding utopia.
  • Individuality can be lost in our quest for utopia.

Extensions: Continue your search for your perfect book: Ask your parents what their perfect book would be (or is).

Core 2:

  1. Level 2 word-on
  2. What can the OLPC project tell us about:
    • Learning/Education
    • Social Action Plans
    • Computers
    • Change
  3. Extensions: Continue to work on your SAP.

Core 3:

  1. Write-on: What is one thing that you own that you think is designed well? Describe it.
  2. Continue discussion of Pink’s Six Senses of R-directed thinking.
    • How would you boil down his belief structure?
    • Even if you don’t believe all of it, do you think that it adds something valuable to our world? Why or why not?

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