Friday, August 19, 2011

Utopian Literature

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, utopia is defined as “a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions” (Merriam-Webster, Inc.). Utopian literature offers an ideal opportunity for teachers and parents to encourage good reading habits while having important conversations about perfectionism, society, morality, and many other topics.

Questions for discussion:

  • Is perfection attainable?
  • Is “perfect” the same for everyone?
  • Which is more important: safety or freedom?
  • Who makes laws? Who enforces them?
  • Is it okay for people to be different? Should everyone be the same?
  • Is it possible to create a perfect place? What would it be like?
  • Is the utopia in this book really ideal? What are the flaws?

Recommended utopian literature:
The Giver* by Lois Lowry (11+)
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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (9+)
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Messenger by Lois Lowry (9+)
The Hunger Games* by Suzanne Collins (12+)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (12+)
The Supernaturalist by Eion Colfer (10+)
Uglies* by Scott Westerfeld (11+)
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer (12+)
The White Mountains* by John Christopher (12+)
The Secret Under my Skin by Janet McNaughton (12+)
Among the Hidden* by Margaret Peterson Haddix (9+)
Watch the book trailer
First Light by Rebecca Stead (9+)
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (12+)
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle (11+)
City of Ember* by Jean DuPrau (8+)
Watch the movie trailer

*First in a series
(Barnes and Noble, LLC)

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