Research Project – Real-Life Utopias

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This short research project about utopias helps students practice skills like summarizing, paraphrasing, embedding quotes, and citing sources. Each side of the Research Cube targets a different skill and presents a different facet of the topic. Students will love this alternative to a research paper! Use this project in conjunction with any dystopian novel study like The Giver or The Hunger Games, or as a stand-alone project. Includes project guidelines, rubric, research sheet, and student samples.

Your students will love this non-threatening research activity! They start their cube on an ordinary box of tissues, and you can use these in your classroom after the project has been completed and graded.


Description (What You Get): 

  1. Full Teacher’s Guide with project options, suggestions for research phases, considerations for student workdays, and ideas for showcasing student work
  2. Editable project materials, rubrics, and unit plan: 

-Research Prep Sheet

-Research Checkpoints

-Mini-Project Guidelines


  1. Activities and handouts to build research skills (paper + digital):

-Integrating Sources with model text (“In Focus: Gordon Parks”)

-Source Sheet/Source Cards

-Research Overview Booklet (or Slideshow)

-MLA Cheat Sheet

-Interview activity

  1. Presentation Feedback Slips you can reuse for any project


About Your Resource:
Your download is a .zip file containing a print-and-go version of this product. Editable materials are adaptable in .ppt (or a clone) or in Google Slides. Activities and handouts are “print-and-go” PDFs. Digital versions are available in fillable Google Slides.

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Check out these other fun research ideas:
Research Packet: Careers
Research Packet: Inventions and Innovations
Paragraph Peer and Self Review Worksheets
Harlem Renaissance PPT Project

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