10G: Reading Homework and Reminders

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).

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One thought on “10G: Reading Homework and Reminders

  1. In “American dystopia more reality than fiction”, Solnit compares the modern world to that of “The Hunger Games”, a dystopian novel by Suzzane Collins. Although Sulnit makes many convincing claims, I cannot entirely agree with her argument. She explains how the hunger games is similar to teens attending high school, where many students are bullied till they are pressured to commit suicide. I believe that this comparison has no correlation, as the hunger games was solely made to kill off humans as entertainment, while school was made for the benefit of educating the youth. Sulnit’s argument seems too far-fetched and exaggerated. She continues to make such comparisons throughout the article. However, a few of the arguments she discusses shed light to how our society is corrupt, which may lead to a dystopian society. In the article it explains how many young adults apply for military service in order to feed their families, much like the system for the hunger games where “.kids in poor families take out extra chances in their District lottery—that is, extra chances to die—in return for extra food rations,”. She also discusses the conflict of student debt. She mentions that the youth are told they would only succeed with a college education, which may cause the student to work for much of their life attempting to pay off debt. Although these situations may seem very undesirable, I don’t think it would make our society, dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible
    Saima Kayes, 10G2

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