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Ch 5: Teaching Dystopian Books

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Find easy-to-follow lesson plan outlines designed to help you teach your students about dystopian books. Use corresponding lessons focusing on two specific dystopian books to facilitate your students' learning experience.

Teaching Dystopian Books - Chapter Summary

The lessons and lesson plans in this chapter will help you to explain various aspect of dystopian books. Lesson plans cover materials and activities you can use for a creative approach to this subject, while informative lessons provide overviews of topics you can share with your students. These lessons address summaries, themes and characters of dystopian books, including Among the Hidden and The Hunger Games, and you can apply the lesson plans and activities to other dystopian titles.

Lessons are presented in printable transcripts and provide bases for class discussions that will further help your class understand the material.

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  • Find lesson plans for specific dystopian book topics you want to cover in class.
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  • Share the related dystopian books lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of dystopian books from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant dystopian book activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

35 Lessons in Chapter 5: Teaching Dystopian Books
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Among the Hidden Chapter Questions

1. Among the Hidden Chapter Questions

Use this lesson to get students thinking about their reading of the novel Among the Hidden. Questions are divided into chapters and can be used for discussions or assessment.

Among the Hidden Comprehension Questions

2. Among the Hidden Comprehension Questions

Teachers utilize this lesson to confirm students read the book. Assign It's All About What You Think questions to enhance their critical thinking skills. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom or online environment.

Among the Hidden Discussion Questions

3. Among the Hidden Discussion Questions

Teachers, students will confirm their understanding of the book and enhance their literary analysis skills by responding to the discussion questions. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom environment or online.

Among the Hidden Activities

4. Among the Hidden Activities

Among the Hidden is a fictional story about overpopulation and a young boy's struggle to survive in a governmental controlled environment. The activities in this lesson will allow students to further explore the book's concepts while correlating their experiences and opinion.

Among the Hidden Lesson Plan

5. Among the Hidden Lesson Plan

Start your lesson on 'Among the Hidden' off with a discussion about key ideas, then have students read our lesson helping them summarize key plot points. Finally, students identify, discuss, and analyze themes in the story and complete an activity to strengthen learning.

Among the Hidden: Summary & Themes

6. Among the Hidden: Summary & Themes

This lesson discusses the summary and themes of 'Among the Hidden' by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The main themes of 'Among the Hidden' are friendship, family, freedom, and courage.

The Hunger Games Lesson Plan

7. The Hunger Games Lesson Plan

Outline characters and summarize plot with your students using this lesson plan. Use as a preview before reading the book to set up plot and get to know characters; follow up with a prediction activity.

The Hunger Games: Summary & Characters

8. The Hunger Games: Summary & Characters

Odds are, you've at least heard of Suzanne Collins' mega-popular novel, ''The Hunger Games''. But how much do you really know about the book? This lesson explores the summary and characters.

The Hunger Games Discussion Questions

9. The Hunger Games Discussion Questions

The Hunger Games is a book of deep, thought-provoking questions about culture, war, society, tyranny, inequality, and more. The options for discussion are endless. Check out this extended list of discussion questions you can use in your classroom.

The Hunger Games Comprehension Questions

10. The Hunger Games Comprehension Questions

'The Hunger Games' is a complex book with many deep thoughts and themes to discuss, and questions to pose. But the first step is to understand the story itself. Try out a few of these discussion questions to test your students comprehension of the story.

Brave New World Lesson Plan

11. Brave New World Lesson Plan

Happiness and control are put at odds in Brave New World. This lesson plan not only discusses the plot of the book, but also how those two themes are constantly in a perilous balance that is ultimately tipped.

Brave New World: Setting & Analysis

12. Brave New World: Setting & Analysis

'Brave New World,' published by Aldous Huxley in 1932, is the story of a futuristic society that finds happiness through drugs and promiscuity. This lesson will look at the theme of the danger of technology. It will also define dystopian fiction.

Dystopia Lesson Plan

13. Dystopia Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on utopia, dystopia, and the difference between them. Students define each term, discuss their basic characteristics, and explore examples.

Utopia & Dystopia: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

14. Utopia & Dystopia: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about utopias and dystopias, two types of settings that often appear in speculative fiction or science fiction works. We will define each term, talk about their basic characteristics, and explore a few examples.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman Lesson Plan

15. Unwind by Neal Shusterman Lesson Plan

Take advantage of the fact that many students love dystopian novels in your instruction on Neal Shusterman's 'Unwind.' While reviewing the novel, use this lesson plan's group activity to get students engaged before introducing them to a text lesson. Close with a fun opportunity to get creative.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman: Summary & Characters

16. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: Summary & Characters

Neal Shusterman's novel 'Unwind' is set in a dystopian society permitting parents to donate their children's body parts. In this lesson, we will go over the main premise of the book and discuss the three protagonists.

Feed by M.T. Anderson Lesson Plan

17. Feed by M.T. Anderson Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan as a follow-up to reading 'Feed' by M.T. Anderson. Students will read a text lesson, list pros and cons of increased access to technology, and imagine their own future in the technology age.

Feed by M.T. Anderson: Summary & Analysis

18. Feed by M.T. Anderson: Summary & Analysis

''Feed'' By M.T. Anderson is a dystopian future where everyone's mind has been tied into technology, changing them into brilliant but mindless people in a world that is slowly deteriorating.

Divergent Novel Lesson Plan

19. Divergent Novel Lesson Plan

Did your students grasp key concepts in their reading of Divergent by Veronica Roth. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize the book for students. A paired activity gives students a chance to demonstrate understanding.

Divergent: Book Summary & Characters

20. Divergent: Book Summary & Characters

''Divergent'' is a dystopian novel in which all of society is divided into five factions, based on the dominant aspect of one's personality: Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, Abnegation, and Candor. The novel follows Tris, the main character, as she chooses her faction, becomes initiated into it, and learns more about power struggles in this post-apocalyptic world.

V for Vendetta Essay Topics

21. V for Vendetta Essay Topics

The dystopian graphic novel ''V for Vendetta'' by Alan Moore will have your students exploring the theme of totalitarianism and the rebellion against it. Use these essay topics for your students as they begin to write about the novel.

Catching Fire Lesson Plan

22. Catching Fire Lesson Plan

'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins explores the 75th games. Students will review a summary of the storyline, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Catching Fire: Summary, Characters & Quotes

23. Catching Fire: Summary, Characters & Quotes

As if the 74th Hunger Games were not enough, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark find themselves back in the predatory arena in ''Catching Fire,'' the second book in Suzanne Collins' ''Hunger Games'' trilogy. Will Katniss and Peeta survive, again?

Slaughterhouse-Five Discussion Questions

24. Slaughterhouse-Five Discussion Questions

'Slaughterhouse-Five' by Kurt Vonnegut is a science fiction novel that is loosely based on the author's experience as a prisoner of war during World War II. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this book.

Dracula by Bram Stoker Discussion Questions

25. Dracula by Bram Stoker Discussion Questions

'Dracula' by Bram Stoker is the original horror novel from the late 1800s featuring Count Dracula. The questions in this lesson are designed to guide a class discussion about this novel.

Z for Zachariah Discussion Questions

26. Z for Zachariah Discussion Questions

'Z for Zachariah' by Robert C. O'Brien is a dystopian novel about a survivor of a nuclear holocaust. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this science fiction novel.

Catch-22 Discussion Questions

27. Catch-22 Discussion Questions

These discussion questions assist in fostering student comprehension of Joseph Heller's ''Catch-22.'' Use these discussion questions to create a rich dialogue among students.

Catching Fire Discussion Questions

28. Catching Fire Discussion Questions

The second book in 'The Hunger Games' series, 'Catching Fire' delves deeper into the life of Katniss Everdeen. These discussion questions can be used in a classroom to help students understand key points from the novel.

Divergent Book Discussion Questions

29. Divergent Book Discussion Questions

A modern novel like 'Divergent' is often a treat to read in a literature classroom. Here you will find discussion questions to use with your students after reading this novel.

The Hunger Games Unit Plan

30. The Hunger Games Unit Plan

While the plot of The Hunger Games is a simple concept, it is a vastly complex story about inner strength and survival. This resource is designed to help teachers create a unit based on this novel.

Fahrenheit 451 Project Ideas

31. Fahrenheit 451 Project Ideas

'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel about censorship. These projects provide an opportunity for students to work collaboratively on projects that reflect comprehension and connection to this book.

The House of the Scorpion Discussion Questions

32. The House of the Scorpion Discussion Questions

''The House of the Scorpion'' is a 2002 novel by Nancy Farmer that takes place in a dystopian future North America. These discussion questions can help your students work through the plot, themes, and major ideas in this novel.

Among the Hidden Unit Plan

33. Among the Hidden Unit Plan

''Among the Hidden'' is a dystopian novel that follows the life of shadow child Luke Garner. This middle school unit plan will help you guide students in building background knowledge, analyzing story elements, and having meaningful discussions.

The City of Ember Unit Plan

34. The City of Ember Unit Plan

This post-apocalyptic novel takes middle school students on a journey as two friends solve a mystery about the City of Ember's past and future. The unit plan will grab their attention and keep it, helping them process their learning along the way.

Dystopian Literature Unit Plan

35. Dystopian Literature Unit Plan

Dystopian literature is quite popular these days. However, it didn't begin with 'The Hunger Games.' Explore seminal works of dystopian literature with your high school students by engaging them in discussions, activities, writing, and projects.

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