Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dystopian ELA Unit

Why are are so obsessed with Dystopian fiction? Click on the link and reflect on the answer in the poster....
Why Dystopia??

It's the start to a new year and to our unit of study in ELA, "Other Skies and Exploring Dystopian Literature"!

This lesson can be found in the following link to my Google Doc. Please click on the link and print the handout if you need it.

Other Skies Introduction handout

This week we will begin examining famous dystopian movie clips from "The Matrix", explore the characteristics of dystopia and the connections to our society and start our new Dystopian novels and Reading Book Club Discussions.

Matrix Blog Assignment for Kidblog

Analyzing “The Matrix”
Blog Response - In a Kidblog Post with the Title, “Reactions to the Matrix”
Complete a blog post entry in response to the following question: What does the film, “The Matrix” communicate about the world? What controls the world in this film and the people who live in that world? What connections can you make to the message? Do you agree or disagree with this message from the film writer? Why or why not?
In addition to answering the questions above, respond to 3 other questions (see below) in your blog response.

What illusion of a perfect society is depicted in the clips? What is the society like in reality?

How are the members of this society being oppressed?

What kind of control is used to keep the members of this society oppressed?

What current trend, societal norm, or political system is exaggerated in this world?

What criticism is made through this exaggeration in the clips? What current trend, societal norm, or political system is addressed?

How did the video clips extend and confirm your understanding of the characteristics of a dystopia?

Is Big Brother Watching us?? Curious if our lives are really private? Check out this thought provoking video about Russian Meterorites and Surveillance....

Side note: I am trying to locate copies of Legend by Marie Lu. Does anyone have an extra copy at home? I have 2... I would like 2 more. Chapters does not have any extra copies for purchase! Geesh!!