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Teaching Resource 1: Welcome to Dystopia - A Nightmare Disguised as Paradise
This resource provides students with the frame of reference and context they need in order to understand the context of dystopian novels and short stories. The materials will provide a great introduction or supplement to any dystopian literature genre unit!
The product includes the following:
A modern and engaging Introduction to Dystopian Literature Google Slides Presentation (that also uses humor);
Questions and Note-Taking Student Handout on the Dystopian Literature Slides Presentation;
Teacher’s Answer Key: Questions and Note-Taking Handout;
Dystopian Fiction Story Analysis Doc (Use with Any Dystopian Story);
Dystopian Images Analysis Slides Presentation;
Dystopian Images Analysis Student Response Sheet;
Teacher’s Answer Key: Dystopian Images Analysis Response Sheet;
Links to the Full Text to 12 Teen and Tween Dystopian Short Stories.
The high-interest Introduction to Dystopian Literature Slides presentation includes 24 slides that outline the dystopian literary genre, rich images, traits of dystopian societies and the dystopian protagonist, and links to popular young adult dystopian film and book trailer clips for students to view as a frame of reference. Just play the video clips and view from the Google Slides Presentation!
Video clips include relevant film excerpts from Matched by Ally Condie, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, iRobot movie trailer, and Unwind by Neal Shusterman!
Students use the Intro to Dystopian Literature question sheet to fill in notes and answer questions on the differences between a utopian world and dystopian, the types of control used for the oppression of society in dystopian fiction, the common characteristics of dystopian protagonists, and notes to stimulate a discussion as to the author’s purpose in writing a dystopian work.
The second activity, The Dystopian Story Analysis Response Sheet, can be used for the literary analysis and close reading of any dystopian short story or novel.
For the third activity, students will apply their knowledge of dystopian settings in the high-interest Dystopian Images Analysis.
A Dystopian Images Analysis Google Slide Presentation is also included featuring 20 slides showcasing paintings, photos, or images that contain details or words reflecting the traits and characteristics of a dystopian society.
Students will enjoy analyzing a different “text type” through the viewing of photos and paintings and analyzing each for visual elements that reflect the common themes in dystopian fiction. A teacher’s answer key is included to help teachers facilitate additional discussion with their students!
Unsure as to how to use these teaching resources with dystopian fiction? An implementation guide is included - along with an online library with 12 Dystopian short stories written for teens and tweens!
Teaching Resource 2: Cultural Clashes! Utopia vs. Dystopia (Research & Informational Writing)
Utopia and dystopia are the thematic focus of this research and informational synthesis writing assignment. These resources can be implemented in 7th-12th grades. Teachers may want to use this as a short research project following the study of any dystopian novel – such as Lowry’s The Giver, Collin’s Hunger Games, Westerfield’s The Uglies, Dashner’s Maze Runner, and many other popular teen and tween novels with dystopian settings!
The researched-based performance task begins with students researching 1 of 4 cultural groups. The four choices are past and modern day cultures and societies that have been compared to a utopian world.
Students will access a variety of source types on each cultural group. The resources are available online for teachers and students to easily access from one location. The multiple source types include digital resources, images/video/audio media, and informational texts – all focusing on the four cultures students will research.
15 Research Task Cards and answer sheets will have your students researching with a purpose and require a close reading and analysis of different types of texts. Students will be actively engaged as they extract relevant details and synthesize information from multiple resources focusing on the same topic or cultural group.
Once students have recorded their notes and responses using your choice of 1 of the 2 included the included Research Task Card answer sheet templates, they will be given an Informational Writing Topic and Graphic Organizer. Students will define utopia and draw a conclusion as to whether their researched culture reflects utopian ideals. Students will synthesize evidence from each source type used during their prior research to support their stance.
Prior to writing, students will use their Research Task Card Answer Sheets and an Informational Writing graphic organizer to plan their responses, organize their essays, and to learn how to effectively extract and synthesize information from different types of resources in order to support their writing.
Teachers may also use the included grading rubric for the research task card activity and the informational writing topic and essay.
All resources and instruction for students can be located at a project webpage created with the New Google Sites!
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Cultural Clashes! Utopia vs. Dystopia (Research & Informational Writing)
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