This is an attractively put together 17-slide PowerPoint presentation suitable for any unit on John Wyndham's novel, The Chrysalids.
This presentation is divided into three parts:
(1) The first examines the title of the novel: What is the title alluding to? What does it mean? What directions does it set the reader to thinking?
(2) The second part of the PowerPoint presentation prompts a discussion concerning the concept of 'change' in the novel as well as within our society. What are people's attitudes to change? What is the perception of 'normal'? Generally speaking, are we afraid of change? What is the difference between 'change' and 'mutation'? This leads to a discussion of prejudice and bigotry. (Students make connections from the novel to their everyday lives.)
(3) The final part of the presentation includes an examination of the novel's setting. There is a definition of the term as well as a map of Eastern Canada, displaying the real place-name equivalents to those in the novel (e.g., Waknuk = Wabush). Also provided is a graphic organizer of the regions described in the novel.
The final slide is a Journal Response question (or group/class discussion) prompt designed to have students empathize with the characters and setting of novel.
This 17-slide PowerPoint presentation includes the following:
- Slides exploring the novel's title, the concept of change, mutation, and setting.
- Quotations from the novel pertinent to Nicholson's Repentances and idea of human variation.
- Journal Response writing/discussion prompt.
- Over 50% of the slides have teacher-presentation notes with more information and teaching/activity suggestions.
Over the years, I have had feedback from colleagues that this is an eye-catching presentation that engages students in a productive way while also augmenting a social justice curriculum. I trust you find it so as as well.
Chrysalids: The Significance of Title, Change, and Setting
by David van den Broek
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