Cores 1+4:

  1. Write-on:
  2. How did The Shakers peel back the veneer of life?
    • What are life’s essentials?
    • Is there beauty in simplicity, in organization or is there beauty in complexity and chaos?
  3. Extension:
    • Write a paragraph about a day in the life as an individual with only the survival layer of life. How would you feel? What would it be like?

Core 2:

  1. Write-on:
  2. Read Trurl’s Machine by Stanislaw Lem.
    • Why does Trurl get so mad at the machine?
    • What is Lem’s point about utopia in crafting this story?
  3. Extension:
    • What does futility mean in utopia?

Core 3:

  1. Write-on:
  2. Go over the 5 -isms of the 19th Century.
    • Which one seems most like you?
    • Which one seems least like you?
    • Which one will challenge your beliefs the most?
  3. What is the Noiseless Patient Spider?
  4. Extensions:
    • What is your soul tied to?

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