Unit Plan, Reading Schedule, Reading Guide, Reading Responses, Modern Global Connection Suggestions, and Final Writing Assignment Options
No time calls for a thoughtful study of The Handmaid's Tale more than today. With the tv adaptation and many resurrections of the novel's reading in classrooms and living rooms, the world has appropriately rediscovered this incredible novel.
Any dystopian novel presents a vision of the future that warps our contemporary view that “everything will be alright in the end” and instead raises questions of justice, humanity, and happiness and whose answers are frightening, revealing, and ultimately serve as a warning.
This study of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale prioritizes close textual reading and analysis, connections to the current human rights and political climate, and a final writing which weaves the two together. The seminar investigates global hotspots concerning patriarchy, feminism, and human rights issues and uses current trends as a lens through which to discuss The Handmaid’s Tale.
This unit offers suggestions of New Yorker articles but cannot include them. The most current articles will be during the time you teach The Handmaid's Tale and may be found in The New Yorker or any national or international newspaper.
In this comprehensive document you will find a pacing guide, reading and writing assignments ideas for each class, a reading guide to the novel's many motifs and allusions, global hotspot article suggestions to widen the scope of the novel and apply it to current global trends, final writing choices, and a reading/writing discussion guide. Every document is written for an audience of students, but may be helpful for teachers new to this novel.
I hope this novel study seminar guide is invigorating to both you and your students as you investigate, challenge, and reimagine our current world through Atwood's prophetic mouth.
(Thumbnails will not add much to your understanding as this is a text-heavy unit; the information is comprehensive and thorough. Not a file full of clip art and color! :) This is a unit for academic study and thoughtful analysis and application.)