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ELA - Grade 12 - Week Six

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12th Grade ELA

Week 6 May 11-May 15

Weekly Packet

Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding developing and connecting elements of a story in order to write an argumentative essay.
  • cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as infers.  

Lessons
Lesson 1: Review the list of Dystopian characteristics at ReadWriteThink.org. Watch the 1984 Macintosh Commercial and complete write down with examples all the dystopian characteristics that exist within the commercial.
Lesson 2: Read “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction” by Shelby Ostergaard and answer questions on Common Lit.
Lesson 3: Read “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. Write a list of all dystopian characteristics in the story. Complete the Writing assignment.

Writing
Choose one of the discussion questions below on either text to answer in a full essay. Use proper in-text citations.
In the context of these texts, how does dystopian fiction present the power of fear? How could dystopian or utopian fiction be used to manipulate?

Why do you think dystopian fiction focuses on the costs of technology? Do the costs of technology outweigh the benefits? What should the future look like? What implications do these texts have for how people and the government should act?

Using noredink Argumentative Guided Draft Essay plan to create a well-crafted argumentative essay, complete all steps for week 2. 

If you would like to write your essay on a closely related topic, please get your instructor’s approval first.

Enrichment Activities
Keep a journal about your experiences with social distancing.
Choose a movie, novel, or short story, explain in writing, with evidence, how that movie or text fits the dystopian characteristics.

Videos
1984 MACINTOSH COMMERCIAL
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A DYSTOPIA
EXAMPLE OF A DYSTOPIA-- TRIBUTE VOLUNTEER-- HUNGER GAMES

Vocabulary
Society (noun): a community of people living in a particular country or region who have shared customs, laws, and culture
Luminous (adjective): glowing and bright
Consternation (noun): feelings of anxiety or distress, typically due to something unexpected

Distort (verb): to twist something out of its original shape, form, or meaning

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