Incoming 7th Grade

Incoming 7th Grade
Utopian/Dystopian Novels—Summer reading assignment 2017


(noun): an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More; any idealized place, state, or situation of perfection b) any visionary scheme or system for an ideally perfect society c) a novel or other work depicting a utopian society or place

- idealistic, ideological, perfect; hopeful 


an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one; a novel or other work depicting a dystopian society or place 

Assignment Directions

  1. Select two novels (at least 100 pages each in length) that is a fantasy, science fiction or fictional work with an imaginary setting


  2. Read the books!


  3. Annotate as you read. Take notes, highlight pages, or use post-its to mark significant quotations.


  4. Choose and answer one of the following prompts below in a three to four page paper (typed double spaced). Include specific quotations from the books:


    1. Option 1: Compare today’s society to the society in one of the novels you read. Discuss the advantages and/or disadvantages of both. Include direct quotations from the book
    2. Option 2: Compare the societies described in each novel. Conclude your paper with a paragraph that explains which world you prefer and explain why.
    3. Option 3: Create either your own dystopia or utopia using inspiration from one novel. Describe the setting, the residents, and the type of schooling/government. Give it a creative name.   


  5. Staple your paper with this assignment sheet on top 

**Book suggestions**: Wizard of Oz, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan swift, 1984 by George Orwell, Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Maze Runner by James Dashner