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Dystopian World Creation Project-Based Learning Unit (Now with Digital Handouts)

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9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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You deserve to simplify your planning through enriching, engaging resources. Engage your students in a study of dystopias and dystopian literature through this engaging and rigorous PBL! This unit is meant to work alongside a book study of any dystopian novel (Handmaid's Tale, Brave New World, 1984, The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, etc.) and guide students through the steps of creating their own dystopian worlds through using their assigned text as a model. Encourage your students to critique society in a creative and insightful way through this unit.

Includes digital and PDF handouts. Digital handouts are compatible with Google Slides.

This unit includes…

Pgs. 1-5: An overview of the assignment with final rubric, suggested authentic audiences and project timeline.

Pg. 6 - A project entry document detailing the assignment

Pg. 7-12 - A group contract with powerpoint going over expectations

Pg. 13 - Dystopian Case Study

Pg. 14-17 - Dystopian World Overview Assignment

Pg. 18 - Dystopian Map assignment

Pg. 19 - Dystopian Dictionary Entry

Pg. 20 - Dystopian Propaganda

Pg. 21 - Peer Review Assignment


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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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