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Dissecting Dystopia: Intro to Dystopias

Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
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This one-time class introduces learners to the principles of dystopian fiction, teaches them how to identify dystopias, and explains why dystopian stories are an important academic tool for identifying real world social/political pitfalls.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
This class is taught in English.
  • Learners will learn to identify a dystopia in literature and how that dystopia affects the five spheres of characters' lives: personal, social, professional, economic, and religious.
I have a BA in English and an MA in Professional Writing, and have taught literature and writing classes to middle and high school students for many years, with a focus on apocalyptic, dystopian, and horror fiction. I am a recurring panelist and moderator at a major science fiction and fantasy convention, speaking on apocalyptic and dystopian media. I have a deep understanding of the genre in both a professional and personal capacity, as well as the real-world implications and effects of dystopian media. 
Dystopian fiction contains elements some learners may find troubling, such as violence and oppression based on factors such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, level of education, religious/spiritual beliefs, and social status. 
Joined January, 2019
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree
I teach creative writing, gaming, and popular media & culture to learners from age 8 through high school. 

I offer a range of courses that focus on specific literary genres, some traditional and some popular/contemporary, as well as multiple... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
45 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
2-10 learners per class

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