1. Reading homework: When we talk about dystopian worlds, we tend to associate the concept with our knowledge of what we’ve read in books or seen in movies. Is it possible that we could be living in one now?
Read the following article by Rebecca Solnit, who thinks the fabricated world we read about and see on screen has become a reality: American dystopia more reality than fiction. Take notes on how Solnit compares the world of The Hunger Games to today’s culture and events. Summarize at least three examples she provides to prove her point on how our modern life parallels a dystopian world. In addition, include your own opinion regarding whether you agree or not. Which points do you agree or disagree with? Why? (Make sure you include specific evidence/quotes!)
We’ll have a brief Socratic seminar about this article in class on Friday 12/1. You will be writing a blog post about this so it is crucial that you come prepared!
2. Independent Reading: By Friday, I’d like an official list of the books you’re reading along with the names of your group members. If you haven’t written your name on the sign-up sheet, do so ASAP!
3. Vocab Quiz: We’re also going to begin having weekly vocabulary quizzes every Monday, starting this upcoming week (Monday 12/4).
4. Optional: Since you’re reading this already, check out this Ted-Ed video on dystopia (that I’d have liked to show in class but we just don’t have the time).