This product contains a variety of activities for the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. The items included in this product are listed in detail below.
-Banned Books (PowerPoint): This PowerPoint provides a hook for the story by promoting a discussion on banned books. The PPT begins with a slide posing 3 thought provoking questions about why books are banned and whether or not books should be banned. The next 9 slides contain several images of books that have been banned at some point. I intentionally selected books that have been made into movies, so that students would recognize them (and potentially be surprised). I included books that have banned for a variety of reasons, such as religion, criticism of government, portrayal of racism, etc. The next slide on the PowerPoint contains 5 discussion questions that students are directed to answer in complete sentences on a separate sheet of paper. After students have individually answered these questions, I have a class discussion. The next slide contains a quick prereading activity for the story that is intended to be completed right before you begin reading the story. The last slide contains directions for an assignment students are to complete while reading the story. An example is provided for clarification.
-Prereading Handout: This handout contains the 5 questions students were instructed to answer in the PowerPoint. 5 sets of questions fit on the handout for convenient and easy printing and distributing to your students.
-Trophies (PowerPoint): This is an argumentative writing assignment meant to be completed after reading the entire story. Students are first asked an essential question relating the story. Then the next 3 slides pose an answer along with memes addressing the issue to engage students. The next 2 slides introduce an NFL player’s response to this issue. The final slide provides detailed instructions for the assignment which are summarized as follows: 1) read the article, 2) text-code for two specific topics, & 3) write a paragraph responding to the writing prompt. You easily could make this a longer writing assignment, but I typically do this story at the beginning of the year, so I was just trying to get a sample of my students’ writing levels.
-Article: This is the article to be used for the writing prompt in the Trophies PowerPoint. It is 2 pages in length.