Monday, May 18, 2015

Illustrating Utopias/Dystopias

As a next step in our discussions on dystopia, students illustrated their own utopias and accompanying dystopias. Students had to present and defend their utopias/dystopias to their peers.

The entire day was an interesting exercise in world creation. Each student thought his/her ideas were really strong, but once their classmates started asking questions, students realized the importance of thinking about a world/story from multiple angles. Students had good ideas, but almost all students were lacking extended understanding about those ideas.

Thinking about the many ways in which our worlds function and how our utopias can be dystopias to others is a primary part of creating a strong, believable world.

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