A challenging informational text for secondary students related to the following topics: America, dystopia, "The Hunger Games" and any other piece of dystopian literature, including: The Giver, the Divergent Series, The Uglies, City of Ember, Among the Hidden, A Brave New World, etc.
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This author of this article compares the current state of America to the society in "The Hunger Games" and argues that America today shows signs of being a dystopian society more so than the society described in "The Hunger Games".
Collaborative Classroom Activity:
This is one of my favorite ways to keep students engaged while reading a challenging, informational text. Students make appointments with other students (using the including "Appointment Tracker") and collaboratively figure out the answers to a number of text dependent questions (at each appointments) after reading the text as a class or in partners.
I have had great experience with this strategy! It gets students excited, allows them to have a variety of partners that they can work with and they are actually reading and responding to informational text!
Things Needed for Assignment and Activity (all included):
• The link to the high-interest article
• 20 text dependent questions that are used for comprehension of the informational text
• Answer key that gives "Possible Student Answers"
• My "How to Make this Work in Your Classroom" guide with tips and explanations of strategies used