In 2016, Amazon.com reported selling out of copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tales due to the political landscape in the United States and the rise of Donald Trump. The Handmaid’s Tales has been adapted into a 1990 film, theatrical play, and opera. This year it comes out as graphic novel, a six-part radio podcast, and a 10-episode television mini-series on Hulu.
The beauty of this resource is that all film and audio clips, discussions, and exercises lead to the students mastering the written assessment. It is designed to help teachers easily and flawlessly get students to succeed in writing successfully in the analysis of the opening chapter as far as narrative voice, setting, and social commentary. There is enough material here available to use without having to read the novel—though it is a great novel to be read by your classes. The resource features an original writing prompt and a link to an essay penned by Margaret Atwood on her novel in the age of Donald Trump which appeared in The New York Times in March 2017.
Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Canadian Literature, feminism, dystopia, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom