You’ll be working on your Concept Map and Presentation during class on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday, you’ll present your map to the class.
In addition, today in class I’ll be passing out your choice dystopias (1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale, Animal Farm–everyone got their first choice pick). Please read your choice dystopia by Monday, March 2. In your journal, I’d like you to do the following three things related to your choice dystopia:
1. Choice Dystopia Entry 1 – Choose one or two of the subjects below that you’d like to become an “expert” on. It should stay the same throughout the book: happiness, technology, education/child rearing, government, individuals, society, love, friendship, ignorance, or knowledge.
- As you read: Find and flag every passage you encounter that addresses that subject throughout the text.
- After you’ve finished reading the entire text: Go back through the passages you’ve flagged. Reflect on and then write about what the author is trying to communicate about the subject you chose, based on the evidence you collect.
2. Choice Dystopia Entry 2 – Reflect on and then write about what trends in society this text is critiquing, whether or not you think that critique is effective, and why. Note that I am not interested in your feelings about the critique, rather, how effectively the author accomplishes the critique.
3. Dystopia Review Entry – Once you have finished your all three/four of our dystopic texts (Harrison Bergeron, 2081, Choice Dystopia, F451), write a single journal entry in which you evaluate how well these texts meet/conform the criteria of a dystopia (see Dystopias: Definitions and Characteristics handout) and theorize about why this pattern is so enduring.