“Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich - for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?”
- Thomas More, Utopia
Do you think we could ever create a utopia (ideal society)? Why or why not? What would a utopia look like to you?
Daily Literary Quote
“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
- Salmon Rushdie
September 23-29, 2018 is Banned Books Week. What are some books you remember that have been banned or challenged in schools or libraries? Do you think books should be banned? Why or why not?
"My daddy told me, I believe he told me true that:
'The right thing's always the hardest thing to do'"
-Jason Isbell ("Different Days")
Is doing the right thing always easy? Why or why not? Discuss a time when you (or someone you know) did the right thing even though it wasn't the easiest option.
Do you think everyone should receive a participation award for every competition of event, regardless of skill level? Why or why not? What are the advantages or disadvantages?
What are your physical and mental strengths? How would you feel if you were forced to stop using your strengths? Why?
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Discuss the meaning of the quote above. Have you ever experienced a "great and sudden change"? How did it make you feel?
Daily Literary Quote
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”
You have the freedom to travel to any city or country in the world.
Where would you go and why? Be specific.
“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”
Read this article and respond to the following prompt.
These teenagers are about your age. Try to put yourself in their shoes. How might you feel? Do their stories make you appreciate what you have? Do they change your perception of 9/11?
Take a quick look at this article for a scientific approach to some of the traits that separate humans from other animals, and then respond to the following questions.
What are some physical/biological characteristics that distinguish humans from other animals? Do you think there are any other distinctions not covered in the article? How would you define what it means to be human?
Respond to the following prompts:
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