Writing & Analysis: Topias – from Utopia and Dystopia | S18

Ages: 13-18
Day, Time: Fridays, 1:15-2:15*
Location: Room 2
COST: $85

*Please note this class will not be meeting 3/30 and 5/25.


Tera Schreiber

Tera Schreiber earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Washington and her Juris Doctorate at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. Tera has worked for monetary compensation as a lawyer, an Executive Director at a nonprofit, and a freelance writer. There is a lot more she has done without monetary compensation, including homeschooling her children since 2006.

class description

The concept of an ideal civilization has often been explored in literature and philosophy. And this often inspires foreboding fantasies of dystopias, where the civilization has become corrupted or degraded to the extreme. What is the ideal civilization? Do futuristic dystopias frighten us or fortify us to create a more compassionate future? In this class, we will use literature to help us explore these concepts through reading, discussion, and writing assignments. Written work will include options for students to choose to explore the subject matter through expository essays, persuasive essays, and creative writing.

Reading list to include: The Giver by Lois Lowry Animal Farm by George Orwell Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Anthem by Ayn Rand Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson Poetry to be assigned by instructor Uglies by Scott Westerfield Poetry selections

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Ability to read (or listen to audiobooks) the reading selections. Willingness and capacity to complete written assignments. Willingness to participate in a respectful and lively discussion about the concepts raised by the literature.

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.


Homework will include reading the selected literature and completing a variety of writing assignments. The writing assignments will be flexible to match the student’s level of writing skill and experience, and students will have some options in which forms to complete the assignment.

field trips:


additional fees/supplies:

Students will need to obtain the literature selections either by purchasing them or borrowing them from the library or a friend.

parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.