This is one of the best resources you will find on TpT for the teaching of dystopian fiction to middle and high school students. If you do not agree, you can have your money back!
The is a UNIQUE self-paced dystopian fiction book club unit that emphasizes student choice which in turn increases student motivation and engagement. The goal of this unit is that students work completely INDEPENDENTLY of the teacher. The teacher’s work is all upfront, setting up the unit, printing and laminating the cards, and implementing a system that students can use to monitor their progress through the unit.
Each lesson works in this way: Students work in book clubs and watch short videos (six in total) to learn how to read dystopian fiction deeper. Each of the videos is a VERY COMPREHENSIVE ENGAGING LESSON in itself!. I've given a FREE PREVIEW of the video for the core lesson on Suspicious Settings HERE:
I can spot suspicious settings in dystopian fiction
The unit is divided into six core lessons and six or more enrichment or consolidation activities (debates between book clubs or further research/investigation tasks). The core lessons sync perfectly with Teacher's College dystopian units.
I can recognize the common characteristics of dystopian fiction
I can identify suspicious settings in dystopian fiction
I can analyze author’s craft by identifying parts of a story that seems like they have a spotlight on it.
I can examine my own attitudes toward my own society by asking sophisticated questions about the themes presented in dystopian fiction.
I can identify the inside and outside forces that determine how power is distributed and maintained in dystopian fiction
I can track how the main character goes from “common man” to “unlikely hero” in dystopian fiction
EVEN BETTER - After the book club teams watch the videos (1:1 or 1:2 classrooms are needed for this unit to function smoothly), bookclubs get to choose between THREE DIFFERENT practice activities that require them to apply what they learned in the video to a short story (list attached below) or to their dystopian book club book. The activities are differentiated by level so students as young as 6th grade to as old as 10th grade can access the content in this unit.
The teacher should be able to spend ALL his/her time during lessons CONFERRING with students. This is the beauty of the unit. All of the teaching is given upfront in the videos. The students are able to work at their own pace. While the teacher checks for understanding once students reach the conferencing stage. If there is a ‘queue’ for a teacher conference, book clubs simply move onto independent reading or an enrichment task. Look at the images in the photos to see what the unit display might look like in your classroom.
Short stories used in the unit sync with those recommended from Teacher's College:
All Summer in a Day
Three essential questions are also given that require students to write summative answers at different stages during the unit. Rubrics are provided to help with assessment.
Imagine - four weeks of class with NO DIRECT teaching - Just having that quality time to sit and conference with your students in small groups! Kids love it as they love to track their progress through the different activities
Many more engaging links to youtube videos, commercials, movie clips, and graphic organizers are also embedded into the unit. This is HIGHLY ENGAGING CONTENT and fantastic reading skills for your students. If you teach dystopian, even if you use 50% of the materials in this resource, you have made a fabulous purchase! I have made the files editable, so teachers can adapt the content to suit their program if needed, but this is not necessary.
Price is discounted for the first month on TpT. The six 10min videos alone are worth the $15 I am charging for this!
Coming soon: Informational Writing Unit for Middle Schoolers organized in the same way with 10 teaching videos!