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Harrison Bergeron, Literary Analysis + Video Lesson, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., CCSS

Laura Randazzo
53.3k Followers
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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  • Multimedia
Pages
7 pages + 1 slide (all PDF, uneditable)
$3.00
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Laura Randazzo
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Description

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) 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

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Please note: This lesson is NOT included in my 4-week Short Story Unit bundle.

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Cover image: Pixabay, Public domain

Total Pages
7 pages + 1 slide (all PDF, uneditable)
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 days
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Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

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