Harrison Bergeron, Literary Analysis + Video, Kurt Vonnegut, PDF & Google Drive

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Laura Randazzo
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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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7 pages + 1 slide (PDF & Google Drive version of student handouts – uneditable)
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Very useful, standards-aligned activity to help students as they analyzed Vonnegut's short story. The Google Driver version made it extremely easy to share on our LMS. Thanks, Laura!
I really like the discussion questions included in this resource. I was able to facilitate a great group discussion about the story using these questions as starters. Thank you!


Use this compelling two-day (or possibly three-day, depending on your pacing) lesson on Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s chilling futuristic short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” as a stand-alone lesson, as part of any short story unit, or as a supplement to any larger dystopian novel study, such as Brave New World, The Giver, or The Hunger Games.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s story presents a chilling vision of a future where everyone has the exact same level of intelligence, talent, and beauty. Shouldn’t we want to level the playing field so everyone is the same? Travel to the Year 2081, where a world of pure equality is exactly what we are horrified to find. This multimedia lesson will get your students thinking and debating the consequences of true equality.

This download includes:

1 slide (PDF & JPG) featuring an introductory Quickwrite topic

2 pages detailed suggested lesson plan notes with online media links

2 student handouts featuring depth-of-knowledge questions requiring students to analyze the text and a 27-minute short film version of the story

3 pages of detailed answer keys to help you easily grade students’ work and guide in-class discussion

All student handouts are included in both PDF and Google Drive format.

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Cover image: Pixabay, Public domain

Total Pages
7 pages + 1 slide (PDF & Google Drive version of student handouts – uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an 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 its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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