Dystopian Literary Analysis Dystopia Lit Circle, Book Study Activity

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9th - 12th
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60 pages
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This digital literary analysis activity for any dystopian story allows for scaffolding and encourages student understanding of the dystopian genre. Because this literature activity comes with multiple pieces, you can decide what works for each student. This scaffolded literary analysis activity is the perfect starting point for a literary analysis essay on lit circles, book clubs, or a whole class read with a dystopian novel.

You can see the literature activity's pieces and presentation in the thumbnails and preview. You will receive a Google Slide with directions, analytical questions, and a link to a Google folder with 50+ .JPGs to build your literary analysis for students to add digital elements. I have also included a page of teaching ideas.

Specifically, this digital literary analysis activity includes:

♦ 50 .JPGs that include labels to start students with their literary analysis for a dystopian story.

♦ A Google Presentation where students can build their analysis.

♦ A teacher page of suggestions.

♦ 10 literary analysis questions.

♦ A rubric.

Everything except the .JPGs are editable in this digital literary analysis activity. The pieces (for which you will receive a Google Drive folder) for students to build include:

analytical question



about the author

author's choices

character interactions

characters + plot advancement

characters: main

characters: minor

characterization: direct

characterization: indirect


conflict: internal

conflict: external

facts (genre, author, publication year, awards)



figurative language


interesting phrase


memorable dialogue


objective summary


point of view



setting + characters

setting: outdoor

setting: physical

setting + theme


surprise created





PLUS: verb pieces, blank options, and student direction pieces

This literary analysis activity for dystopian literature is the perfect alternative to the literary analysis essay. If you need to scaffold students' understanding of analysis, you can build your own literary analysis with this literature activity.

Meeting standards? I created this literature activity when I teach dystopian lit circles. Students are reading a variety of books, and I needed to meet standards in a visual way.

Bonus: The possibilities for analyzing any dystopian book are endless! You can add pieces, change the analysis writing prompts, and modify the rubric.

Do you need more high school literature activities? This dystopian activity is part of a bundle. Download the High School Literature Bundle Literature Circles Book Clubs Independent Reading for over 200 pages of activities.

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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.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


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