Dystopian Literature

Senior Elective 2012 - 2013


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‘Gradual Release of Responsibility’ (code for) ‘How you will gain independence in this course’ :


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

28

Introductions

pre-writing for letter

29

Course Materials

rough draft of letter

30

Metacognitive letter due

Types of dystopia & pre-writing

31

Types of dystopia  in-class writing

1

iPad Scavenger Hunt of Ms. Kennett’s blog

collected works

4

Short Story Intro - topics & themes

5

‘The Lottery’

6

‘Harrison Bergeron’

7

‘The Pedestrian’

8

11

12

13 - ½ day

‘Red Card’

or

‘Ten with a Flag’

14

EdCafe #1

15

EdCafe #2

18

19

February

20

21

Vacation!

22

25

Outline WITH quotations due

26

Rough Draft due

27

PAPER #1

28

Paper #1 due

1

4

Reading schedules

5

small group lecture

6 - ½ day

7

Work day

8

Blizzard Day

11

12

EdCafe #1

13

14

EdCafe #2

15

Note Check

18

Notes DUE / highlighting notes and Idea Development

19

Outlining

20

Rough Draft due at end of period

      - print 3 copies

21

Conferencing Rough Draft

iPad editing?

22

Paper DUE

25

Choice Dystopia

Proposal Paragraph

26

27

28

29

No School

1

2

3

4

5 - Term Ends

8

9

10

Pearltrees due

11

12  - Report Cards

book notes due

15

16

April

17

18

Vacation

19

22

outline & rough draft due

23

24

final draft due

25

FOYER FAIR

26

FOYER FAIR

29

FOYER FAIR

30

Framing your own Dystopia  

Proposal

1

Correspondence #1

2

3

iPads

6

iPads

7

Correspondence #2

8

IMC

9

Correspondence #3

10

iPads

13

Correspondence #4

iPads

14

15

Correspondence #5

computer lab  

16

computer lab

17

computer lab

20

Final Project DUE

computer lab

21

Final Project DUE

computer lab

22

Review for Final - collect all course materials

23

Read for Final

24

B PERIOD

FINAL EXAM  

27

No School

28

Senior Finals

29

Senior Finals

30

Senior Finals

31

Class Day!


Major Writing Assignments & Projects


TERM 2  

Introductory Letter

        Welcome to class! Read my introductory letter and write one in response. Use mine as a model for format.

In-Class Writing #1 - What is Dystopian Literature?

Using the three handouts provided in class and here (under ‘Intro Materials’), complete the following three-paragraph assignment:  

Paragraph one (informative): what is a dystopia?

Paragraph two (explanatory): what kind of dystopia most interests you and why?

Paragraph three (argumentative): what kind of dystopia is most relevant to today's society and why?

        See assignment details here

Paper #1 - What’s the point?

Using three texts from the short story list, construct an argument answering the following question:

● What does an author communicate about the relationship between the individual and the group in a dystopian society?

        Requirements: 3-4 pages, typed, double spaced, intro/evolution of an argument/conclusion

        Associated Process: 

                DUE February 25-26

                

Paper #2 - Who’s the point?

After reading Brave New World, 1984, or The Handmaid’s Tale, choose one of the following prompts:

Requirements: 3-4 pages, typed, double spaced, full ‘process’

        DUE March 15

Term 1 Project - Essential Question Book Trailer

Based on the main text you’ve chosen, articulate the main question that the book book asks and trace it through both quotations and connections to our real world.

        DUE March 21

TERM 4

1) Read a dystopian text (or two, if they are both short books).

I love giving recommendations, but you should also look at GoodReads / Amazon recs, ask other teachers, friends, family, etc. This text should align with the type of dystopia you’ve found yourself interested in and perhaps might write.

        - persuasive paragraph explaining why you want to read this book (15pts)

        - a reading schedule you create and accurately maintain (25pts)

        - 15-20pgs notes (50pts)

        - bi-weekly correspondence with Ms. Kennett (50pts)

        - ‘foyer fair’ presentation (100pts)

        - a ‘pearltree’ with 5 quality sources / annotated bibliography with 5 quality sources (100pts)

        - process for final paper (100pts) (due December 11)

        - final analytical paper (100pts) (due December 11)

                Pearltree Due April 23

                Paper Due April 24

                Foyer Fair April 25

                

2) Create Your Own Dystopian World

Now that you’ve read and thought about multiple different dystopias, it’s time to create your own! Consider a problem you see in the world / society today and use your critique as a root of a dystopian world. As an author / artist, you’ll be communicating a powerful and intelligent message through the medium of your choice - how will you use this opportunity to provoke people to question and re-think the world around them?  

- self-determined process that you approve with Ms. Kennett (100pts)

        - final product (100pts)

        - presentation / publication of final product (100pts)

        - metacognitive reflecting on author’s intentions, craft, and attention to detail

        Final dystopia due the week of May 20-21


Honors Credit

        Taking this course for credit entails not only additional work, but increased sophistication and independence in your assignments.

        - paper #1: increased sophistication and incorporating three texts into your paper

        - paper #2: incorporating an outside source into your writing

        - final project: increased independence and sophisticated product