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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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- Offers class discussions/topics : Lists questions about each title that can supplement your own syllabus on dystopian books.
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning dystopian book lessons easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific dystopian book topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- 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.
1. Dystopian Literature Lesson Plan
If you're discussing the settings in literature or movies, this lesson plan explores dystopia. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.
2. Utopian Society Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce or reinforce the concepts of utopia and dystopia to your students. Students watch a lesson, discuss its main points, and, through writing, formulate a utopian society based on what they have learned.
3. Utopian Society Project Ideas
Imagining a perfect society can be a fun experiment for students. These project ideas will give you several options for incorporating this experiment with utopianism into your classroom.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The Hunger Games Project Ideas
'The Hunger Games' is a book written by Suzanne Collins. Popular with young readers, the book offers a lot of interesting ideas to consider. Use the projects below to help students fully understand the story.
7. Divergent Book Activities
''Divergent'' is a popular young-adult novel set in a dystopian future. These activities will let your students engage with this story in unique and creative ways.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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?
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau Discussion Questions
''The Testing'' is a dystopian, young-adult novel about a deadly entrance exam. These questions can help guide your students through a discussion about this story.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. Brave New World Unit Plan
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.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. Mockingjay Discussion Questions
''Mockingjay'' is the conclusion to the popular ''Hunger Games'' series. Use these discussion questions to help students delve deeper into a popular novel and build up literary analysis skills.
40. Legend by Marie Lu Discussion Questions
Marie Lu's 'Legend' is a work of dystopian fiction and the first in a trilogy of books. It's a great place to help students practice literary analysis within the realm of popular literature.
41. Alas, Babylon Discussion Questions
The following discussion questions can help you guide your students in a class discussion as they work through their thoughts and reactions to Pat Frank's 'Alas, Babylon'.
42. The House of The Scorpion Activities
'The House of the Scorpion' by Nancy Farmer offers a plentiful supply of complex themes and characters. Use these activities to help middle or high school students apply their knowledge of the novel's content in unique, interactive ways.
43. The Road by Cormac McCarthy Unit Plan
'The Road' is a post-apocalyptic novel by Corman McCarthy about a man and his son as they travel by foot through a dangerous, lawless America in search of civilized people. This unit plan supports instructional planning for this novel.
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