INTRODUCTION: Why is it that so much of today's young adult literature is featuring a bleak picture of the future? And what do today's young adults think about that? Why are they choosing to read dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels?
Here's a way to get to young adult readers to talk about books while having them be accountable for independent reading. It also does not force them to all read the same exact book. By using these universal questions as discussion starters, you can have a productive mixed book discussion group with several titles in it.
There are also resources for several futuristic fiction titles. For each title, there is a 10 to 20 question multiple choice comprehension quiz so that a teacher can ensure that students have read and understood the details of their book. There are also 8 to 11 discussion questions that are specific to one title. And then there is a core collection of universal questions to use.
Additionally, there is some background information on the genre of science fiction and the sub genres of post-apocalyptic fiction and dystopian fiction as well as some discussion of the themes that are often contained in these books.
The following books are currently featured as a part of this unit: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Dark Life by Kat Falls, Maze Runner by James Dashner, Scorch Trials by James Dashner, Death Cure by James Dashner, Matched by Allie Condie.
The collection may grow as I add more titles to this plan. Teachers that purchase this from my Teachers Pay Teachers store will be notified when it has been revised and added to and will be able to download the update for free.