Education Technology

NCSS: Thomas More?s Utopia

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students create their "ideal" conception of law based on their concepts of the development of law and record their ideal conception of law in their NoteFolio(tm) file.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio(tm); App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Develop a coding system for student assignments. The code might be the student number and name of the activity, or the first initial and four letters of the student's last name, in addition to the activity. This coding will allow ease of grading throughout the lesson.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Student's will:
  • Integrate the NoteFolio(tm) application into meaningful social studies instruction.
  • Analyze and discuss laws taken from Hammurabi's law code to compare and contrast with modern-day law.
  • Compare and contrast modern systems of law with Hammurabi's code of law and determine relevance to modern-day laws.
  • Examine a corporal punishment case in order to construct their own views on corporal punishment.
  • Research their state's position on corporal punishment in schools.
  • Create an "ideal" conception of law to synthesize understanding of the development of law throughout time and space.
  • Combine primary and secondary sources to critically examine and draw conclusions about a historical event.
  • After the Activity

    Ask students to volunteer to discuss their ?ideal? conceptions of law with the class. Have students talk about whether they would live in their classmates? societies or not. Invite a local legislator, member of the local bar association, or a juvenile law enforcement officer to speak to your class and provide feedback to the students' systems of law.