Introduce your students to one of the most exciting and popular literary genres with this originally designed and detailed presentation. Dystopian literature provides students with accessible, yet powerful story lines and characters that they can connect with and appreciate.
This detailed lesson includes many engaging features, such as:
- A Fully Editable Format for the PPT presentation!
- A kick-off writing assignment based off of an intriguing quote by Veronica Roth (15 minutes).
- Information on the background/history for the term "dystopian"
- Common genre characteristics, including setting elements, plot development, protagonist vs. antagonist descriptions, and reoccurring motifs
- Several classical examples with plot overviews (Fahrenheit 451, 1984, and Brave New World)
- Several new examples with plot overviews (The Darkest Minds, Matched, and Unwind)
- A Culminating Activity that asks students to create their own original plot overviews. Students must incorporate certain key elements from the presentation into their plot overviews
- Detailed teacher notes throughout the presentation that provide:
* Extra information and examples
* Discussion opportunities for students to engage
* Possible discussion answers
- A multiple-choice quiz that accesses your students' comprehension of the lesson information (Answer Key Included)
Ultimately, this lesson provides a comprehensive, engaging, and creative way to introduce your students to dystopian literature.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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