Dystopian stories are extremely popular in young adult fiction today and The Lego Movie is an excellent way to introduce students to the genre. This lesson analyzes the elements of a story in the film with a special emphasis on what makes it an example of dystopian fiction. The included compare and contrast essay planner can be used to help students compare the movie to any other dystopian story.
Students will diagram a plot, identify dystopian elements, infer character traits, and determine the theme of a story with popular media that appeals to their age group and eye-catching lesson materials, including animated PPTs and illustrated handouts.
1. Lego Movie Vocabulary Guide and Trivia Game
a. PPT game with 30 vocabulary words and trivia questions
b. I have… Who has… task cards to practice the vocabulary
c. The Lego Movie Key Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle
2. Analysis of “The Lego Movie”
a. PPT lesson on story structure, elements of dystopian fiction, characterization and determining theme in “The Lego Movie.”
- Plot diagram worksheet
- 4 Characterization worksheets
- Creative writing group activity
3. Extension Work: Compare and Contrast Essay Planner
a. Graphic organizer for similarities and differences
b. Brainstorming a thesis
c. Includes both the block and point by point essay format
d. Transitional words and phrases
e. Final draft stationary paper
* An example lesson plan is also included.
This lesson is meant to supplement or follow a lesson on dystopian fiction and does not include an introduction to the genre. If you are looking for a way to introduce the characteristics of the genre to students you can use my lesson Characteristics of Dystopian Fiction.
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