From Electric English...
This is an annotation and close reading activity intended to lead discussion about the article, "Our Young-Adult Dystopia". The assignment, not only asks students to annotate, but also to evaluate the meaning of the article using the SOAPSTone method. A discussion about dystopian societies, and our modern fascination with them pairs very well with Shirley Jackson's, The Lottery. Whether you or your students agree with the opinions set forth in the essay is immaterial, in fact, hopefully there will be a wide range of opinions about the text to facilitate discussion. I was surprised by some of the insightful comments my students made when asked to consider this material; hopefully, you will be too :)
NOTE: Please know that the opinions expressed in this article are, in no way, my own. This is not meant to be an attack on current young adult fiction. It is merely a vehicle to spark discussion about similarities and differences between Jackson's story and current trends. It illustrates just how relevant her story still is, even today.