Students will take one novel from a list provided and work with others who have chosen the same novel ( groups of 4 ) . In all instances except The Giver, pupils will be provided with books. I am including a brief outline of each novel to enable wise determination devising in taking which novel to read. The novels are of changing length ; nevertheless, one should retrieve that length is non ever relevant to understanding and/or enjoyment. The novels are besides varied in secret plan construction and word picture, every bit good as the manner in which the subject of utopia or dystopia is developed.

THE List:

The Giver, Lois Lowry

Jonas ‘ universe: No force, no hurting, no famishment — such a Utopia may look to be a Eden at a glimpse ; nevertheless, closely investigated, it is nil more than a montage of harsh and acrimonious worlds of decease and control under which its operation is attained. This book should open the reader ‘s eyes to the rights people have and rights which have already been taken off. Beware the book ‘s deceptively easy reading degree!

1984, George Orwell

This novel, written in 1949, depicts a robot-like society, controlled by Big Brother, which is unable to believe or move without permission. When 1984 came and went, there was a little groundswell of alleviation and a figure of remarks in the intelligence to the consequence that “ it was merely fiction. ” However, many people are still seeking to alarm the state to the dangers of current and future restructuring within the authorities and the societal civilization. This book inside informations yet another “ Rebel ” who wants to alter, or at least to get away, the system.

Anthem, Ayn Rand

Published in 1938, it takes topographic point at some broad hereafter day of the month when world has entered another dark age as a consequence of what Rand saw as the immoralities of unreason and Bolshevism and the failing of socialistic thought and economic sciences. Technological promotion is now carefully planned ( when it is allowed to happen at all ) and the construct of individualism has been eliminated ( for illustration, the word “ I ” has disappeared from the linguistic communication ) . As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear differentiation between the “ socialist/communal ” values of equality and brotherhood and the “ productive/capitalist ” values of accomplishment and individualism.

UTOPIAN/DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE UNIT

Instruction manuals:

1. Choose your novel and group and study it to me.

2. Decide how much you all will read at each of the undermentioned checkpoints:

Checkpoint One: September 26th ______________

Checkpoint Two: October 3rd ______________

Checkpoint Three: October 13th ____________ ( Complete the book! )

3. Decide who in your group will be responsible for the undermentioned occupations for each checkpoint twenty-four hours:

1. Discussion Director: Come up with 5 open-ended treatment inquiries based upon the reading. ____________________

2. Passage Maestro: Locate 3 short transitions from the reading that are of import for everyone to detect, retrieve, or respond to. ____________

3. Illustrator: Create an illustration of something memorable from the reading to discourse with the group. __________________

4. Connection: Locate three state of affairss in the novel to link to the existent universe. These should arouse treatment. ________________

4. Get down the diary activities. I will take up one subdivision at the terminal of each one-week period ; hence, it is of import for you to remain on path with your reading and journal activities. This counts as 150 points ( 50 platinums per entry ) .

5. Choose one of the follow-up activities after you have completed your novel. This counts as 50 points. Due October 17th

Diary ACTIVITIES ( DO ALL THREE )

On the screen page of each entry include the undermentioned information: Your name, the rubric of your novel, the day of the month, figure of pages covered in the entry, entry # .

Note: Use these inquiries as a usher: I do n’t desire you to merely travel down the list of inquiries and reply them. See all these things ; nevertheless, as you write your entry. Each entry must be at least 250 words.

1. Entry One. Due September 26th: This entry considers the first tierce of the novel. See these inquiries: Why did you choose this novel? What information did you need to cognize before reading the novel? What has happened before the novel began? How do you believe this novel is traveling to suit the subject of utopia/dystopia? What ‘s traveling on at the beginning of the narrative? Who ‘s stating the narrative? Why that storyteller alternatively of person else? What is the scene ( clip, topographic point, atmosphere ) of the novel? Is the puting of import or could the fresh be go oning anyplace, at any clip? Explain. What is the initial job faced by the chief character? How does the writer acquire you to read on or keep your involvement? What do you believe is traveling to go on in the 2nd tierce of the novel?

2. Entry Two. Due October 3rd: This entry covers the in-between tierce of the novel. See these inquiries: What new things are added to the original job as the novel progresses? What secret plan turns or unexpected events go on as the novel advancements? Do you see the scene of your novel as a Utopia or a dystopia so far? Why do you experience that? Are at that place any “ Rebels ” in your novel who oppose that society? Who are they? What do they believe and make? Make you believe their actions will be successful? Remark on the manner of the novel. Is it easy or difficult to follow the events? Is the linguistic communication in the fresh hard or easy? To what age group do you believe the novel is best suited? Why? Is at that place a message or chief subject emerging in the book? How is it shown? Describe any new characters that have been introduced since Entry One. What is their intent? What anticipations, if any, can you do as to the result of the novel at this point? Do you see any similarities between our society and the society in your novel? Explain.

3. Entry Three. Due October 13th: This entry covers the concluding tierce of the novel. See these inquiries? What is the flood tide of the novel? How are the major and minor struggles resolved? What were the major things which helped to decide the secret plan? What message did you acquire from the novel? How was this message conveyed? How realistic is the novel? Could that society be? Now that you have completed the novel, how does it associate to utopia/dystopia? Why would you ( or why would n’t you ) urge this novel to a friend or another pupil?

Dystopian Novel Outside Reading Final Undertaking

Directions: Choose one of the undermentioned options for your concluding undertaking. Undertakings will be graded on attempt, creativeness, how good you demonstrate your apprehension of the novel, and how good you complete all aspects of whichever option you choose. There are several options available. Variations on any of these options must be pre-approved. You will be required to show your undertaking to the category at the terminal of the unit. All undertakings should be automatically sound and bespeak a high grade of attempt. This undertaking will be to a great extent weighted in your norm and should reflect idea and work over a period of clip, non merely something thrown together last minute.

The Soundtrack: Make a eight vocal Cadmium for the film version of your novel. This could be during the clip period of the novel or in the present. Your notes will finally be the parts of an essay in which you explain why you are including each of the vocals on the mix. For each vocal or musical piece, supply a transcript of the wordss ; so, each vocal should hold a paragraph of in-depth analysis/explication/description which explains its connexion to the novel, utilizing literary grounds such as: subjects, symbols, motives, and state of affairss that a character and the novel explored. You should utilize TEXT BASED EVIDENCE ( AKA quotes from the novel! ) Requirements: 8 vocals ( artist/song rubric ) on Cadmium, at least a paragraph account for each, usage of wordss to explicate principle, screen for CD. You pick and choose which elements of the music to link to the novel. Be artistic! Presentation is merely every bit of import as content.

The “ Scrapbook ” : Roll up a scrapbook of memorabilia that a character might hold collected or come across during the novel. All artefacts must be captioned with where he got it, its significance to him, and the page you found it on. Think of the images that keep repeating in the novel, the topographic points to which a character travels, and anything s/he collects. This undertaking will be assessed based on the sum of memorabilia collected and its presentation. As a benchmark, expect to acquire at least eight pieces of memorabilia for your scrapbook. Each point should hold at least a paragraph explicating its significance. You should utilize TEXT BASED EVIDENCE ( AKA quotes from the novel! ) to back up your points: you will show where it was found and so explicate the significance.

Your Novel: The Motion Picture: Choose a scene/montage of important event/s in your novel and turn it/them into screenplay. [ You might besides turn the full novel into a short movie, serious or humourous. ] You should utilize TEXT BASED EVIDENCE ( AKA quotes from the novel! ) . Requirements: a 6 page book that follows film book format including scene, camera shootings, and cast descriptions ( who you want to play who ) , typed. You may video tape the scene/s or move them out in category. It does non hold to be memorized, but be certain that your public presentation reflects extended readying.