Brave New World Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Teaching ''Brave New World'' by Aldous Huxley to high school students is no simple task! This unit plan will help you guide them through themes, characters, and events and provides adequate time for processing and discussion of the complex topics.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World takes high school students on a journey of exploration in a futuristic society and is filled with complex thematic elements. A great deal of background knowledge should be built before launching into the heart of the text. In addition, supporting students while they read by providing opportunities for digestion and reaction to the material is essential. Lastly, giving students a chance to share their knowledge in creative ways can help them further process the themes and applications for modern day life. This unit plan is structured to provide you a logical sequence of before, during, and after reading lessons and activities that will help you keep students engaged and thinking critically throughout the novel.

Before Reading

One method of supporting student understanding is to provide adequate pre-reading activities to build background knowledge. These lesson plans will help you do just that!


Use this Dystopian Literature Lesson Plan to familiarize students with the concept of utopian and dystopian societies. As this novel is set in a dystopian future, students will need this background knowledge to fully grasp the novel's complex components.


Propaganda is a large part of the societal plan for control of its population in Brave New World. Use these resources to help students understand and apply knowledge of this concept. Pair this Propaganda Lesson Plan with these Propaganda Gallery Walk Ideas to provide students a comprehensive overview and give them some experience applying their learning.

Infuse your lessons with these Propaganda Games & Activities or these Propaganda Techniques Activities to keep students engaged in thinking and interacting with the concept. With a well-rounded view of propaganda, you can help students spot examples of propaganda throughout the novel. Consider using a graphic organizer to track the propaganda that students keep up-to-date as they read.

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