Utopian Literature Unit

Utopian Literature Unit
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This is a secondary thematic literature unit that is meant to span several weeks. What is Utopia/dystopia? What is your ideal? How does an author communicate Utopia? Students begin this unit by considering their own educational utopia.

The unit begins with 5 common utopia models found in literature. I always model how to analyze a text for one utopia model using "Harrison Bergeron".

The whole-group text will be Animal Farm. Because it's short, we can read it quickly. NOTE: we analyze Animal Farm as a Utopian text NOT an allegory of the Russian Revolution. With this text, we work on literary analysis writing.

The conclusion of the unit is Utopian/dystopian book clubs. Book Clubs allow students to choose another text to read with a small group. There, students can further explore the concepts from the Utopian unit but in a book of their choice. I have included a journal for students to keep throughout the book club reading experience.

There are also a number of poems I would suggest using to illustrate Utopia that can be read at any point in the unit. At the conclusion of the unit, students write a poem that expresses their utopia.

In this purchase, I included three assessments, a list of suggested texts to use in the book clubs, and handouts I've used with great success.

ASSESSMENTS:

1. Animal Farm literary analysis essay

2. Educational Utopia

3. Personal Utopia Poem

TEXTS:

Whole-class novel: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Short-story for teacher modeling: “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut

7 Poems/Songs

6 Book Club text options

HANDOUTS:

1. Utopia according to a Pig and a Beatle

2. The Perfect Classroom: an Educational Utopia Project

3. Utopian Poetry

4. Utopian/Dystopian Book Club Text Options

5. Book Club Journal

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 month
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