Aldous Huxley presents this futuristic dystopian society controlled by science, not virtue, in his 1932 novel Brave New World. After its 80th year of publication, Brave New World explores a potentially frightening reality that is not incomparable to our world today. Use this synthesis activity to compare the original text to a 20th century poem and current event on science or technology. (For more from my published book review of Brave New World, visit http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1726&context=ce)
After studying Brave New World, challenge students to make other text-to-text connections to develop AP Writing skills. This packet contains four writing prompts, each related to Brave New World. Students will choose one prompt, then evaluate the novel to locate Huxley's claim. Next, students choose one of two poems and locate that author's claim (poems included). Finally, students independently select one current event or article discussing advances in science and technology, identify the author's claim, and organize evidence.
Students synthesize each of the sources by completing a graphic organizer chart in this packet. Then, students are challenged to create a claim in response to their prompt. Finally, there is space for students to compose a 5-7 sentence paragraph in response to their prompt.
This summative assessment challenges students' critical thinking skills and provides an opportunity to make an early 20th century text relevant and meaningful for today's teenage readers.
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