The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas – Utopian and Dystopian Short Story Analysis

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Ursula K. Le Guin's short story “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” is perfect when studying utopian and dystopian literature. The theme: there cannot be happiness in the world without suffering.

Included in this literary analysis of The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas:

  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Anticipation Guide
  • Powerpoint Presentation with literary terms
    • Paradox
    • Allegory
    • Symbolism
    • "Psychomyth" (term created by Ursula K. Le Guin)
    • Utopia and Dystopia
    • Theme
    • Coming of age

  • Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Acrostic Poem Assignment
  • After Reading Learning Menu with 8 Different Creative Projects with 8 different rubrics
  • Answer keys and examples
  • EDITABLE Word document so you can modify any activities
Total Pages
33 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.


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