Literature on Line
The Gateway Writing Project is an affiliate
of the National Writing Project.
The Missouri Association of the Teachers of English
PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS:
1. Choose one of the following 18th century utopian communities:
a. Brook Farm
b. Oneida Community (the Perfectionists)
c. The Rappites and Separatists
d. Robert Owen and The New Harmony Society
e. Zoar in Ohio
f. Amana Colony in Iowa
g. Ephrata Cloister in Pennsylvania
TASK: Your task is to contrast and compare a community in
the 19th century with one in the 20th . This should be typed
on a Microsoft document and turned in by the end of the period.
2. INQUIRY QUESTIONS
a. Why were the communities founded?
b. Who founded the communities?
c. Were there any unique characteristics to the communities?
d. Explain the failure of the 19th century community you selected.
e. Is community life difficult? Will The Farm be able to continue
f. Was the other modern commune you looked also a "hippie"
community? Why did it come into existence?
3. Lastly, compare the "The Farm" to one of the
other modern communes found at
ON THE WEB
You will find a good listing of existing
utopian communities on this site.
Artist, Movements, Ideas
Concepts: writing about history
URLS for Utopian Communities
From the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
19th Century Utopias
20th Century Utopias
- The Farm community is a cooperative enterprise of families
and friends living on three square miles in southern middle Tennessee.
We started the Farm in the hope of establishing a strongly cohesive,
outwardly-directed community, a base from which we could, by
action and example, have a positive effect on the world as a
- Twin Oaks:
Intentional Community Homepage
- Sunward Cohousing:
an intentional community located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
"We are a group of people dedicated to creating a place
where resources are shared, lives are simplified, the Earth is
respected, diversity is welcomed, children play together in safety,
and living in community with neighbors comes naturally."
- Sunhouse coop
- Acorn Community:
"a group of people living, working. and playing together
in central Virginia to build a joyful connecte life."