Dystopian Fiction Unit

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8th - 12th
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275 slides, 6 stations, 30 pages
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Students love dystopian fiction, and this low prep unit will allow you to explore the genre with multiple engaging lessons and activities.

  • Use the introductory lesson to give students some background on the genre and have them explore the concept of Utopias (45-60 minutes)

  • Choose physical or digital learning stations to help your students learn about the characteristics of the dystopian genre. Each station makes use of excerpts from dystopian novels so students can apply what they learn (45-60 minutes)

  • Take a closer look at the importance of language in dystopian fiction with a lesson on Orwell's beliefs about the ways that language shapes our thoughts (15 - 20 minutes)

  • The next lesson explores the marriage between dystopian & science fiction and concludes with a fun collaborative activity (60-90 minutes)

  • Students will then select from (or read all of) The Veldt, Harrison Bergeron, The Lottery, and A Feeling of Power. They will need to identify how each one fits the genre of dystopia. There are several options provided, including ways to re-use the learning stations. You will be provided with links to each of the short stories (60 min + depending on how many stories you assign).

  • Finally, there are several extension activities you can choose from: a collaborative activity where students create a dystopian world, a short descriptive writing activity, links to related nonfiction articles to use for discussion and response, and short excerpts from YA novels to practice close reading.

*Times will vary based on the age and abilities of your students.

**The resources are accessed via Google Drive and are ready and easy to share for distance learning.

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275 slides, 6 stations, 30 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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