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Introduce students to the disconcerting genre of dystopian literature with this quick and comprehensive web quest! This web quest is three pages of graphic organizers to help guide students into research and learning! A 5-minute TedEd video link is included to help facilitate learning and engagement.
By the end of this activity students will know: What a dystopia and utopia are, who first used each term, the traits of dystopian literature, and the four types of dystopian government control. Crucially, students will understand how utopias turn into dystopias!
An activating prompt
10 guiding questions to aid students on their quest
A reflection prompt
**Please note: This lesson plan is a ZIP file with two PDFs; they are not editable. This is to help protect my work. If you are looking for something editable, this product does not give that capability.**
This web quest covers the following Common Core State Standards:
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Need any additional dystopian materials? Check out my lesson plan for Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron!
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