This project-based learning resource gives students the ability to analyze and critique multiple texts in order to discover the commonalities of a genre. In this case, the genre is dystopian literature.
Students will answer the driving question: what are the elements of dystopian literature, and why is that genre so popular to teenagers today?
They will follow these steps to deepen their understanding of the genre:
Students will read and interpret a short story of their choice so that they can analyze a specific example of dystopian literature.
Students will summarize and critique their dystopian short story so that they can teach their classmates their specific example of dystopian literature.
Students will be able to compare and contrast dystopian stories so that they can identify patterns within a genre.
Students will be able to create a presentation so that they can synthesize commonalities of a genre and connect them to popular trends today.
This complete unit includes the following:
Lesson layout with detailed description of the project process
Relevant and engaging “island activity” hook lesson with teacher script (creates friendly controversy!)
Introductory presentation of short story elements, introduction to the texts, and explanation of the project goal and scale
Recommendations of 5 easily accessible texts including “Harrison Bergeron”, “2BR02B”, “Ten with a Flag”, “The Veldt”, and “Peter Skilling”. (Plenty of opportunity to substitute different dystopian texts with little additional effort!)
Literature circles assignment sheet
Literature circles group contract template
Literature circles peer feedback form
An analysis/journal prompt for each story
Literary Critique assignment sheet
Literary Critique teacher notes
Literary Critique rubric
Literary Critque peer review sheet
Quiz (and key!) over all the stories
Final presentation assignment sheet
Final presentation rubric
Discussion questions for media connection (“Revolution” pilot episode)
Key for discussion questions
All components delivered as one pdf. Working google docs are all linked in for easily editable versions of all documents (simply make a copy and edit!)
For a really awesome dystopian novels project to incorporate independent reading literature circles, check out my Power and Propaganda Project!