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Dystopian Literature- What Can Go Wrong?

In this eight-week online course, students will learn about dystopian literature. They will also write their own dystopian style short story.
Lisa Malick
40 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn what makes a piece of writing dystopian.
Students will be introduced to the works of six, different authors.
Students will be able to recognize and discuss the themes, symbols, mood, tone, setting, imagery, (and more) for each author's work.
Students will write a short dystopian story of their own.
Topics presented in dystopian literature are sensitive. I have taught these novels in public school classrooms several times over and have experience with questions as emerging young adults find themselves as new members in an ever-evolving society. 
Students will be asked to read the following dystopian examples:
To prepare for week 2, students need to read an excerpt from  "The Giver" by Lois Lowry.
To prepare for week 3, students need to read "1984" and "Brave New World" excerpts by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.
To prepare for week 4, students need to review the first assigned excerpts.
To prepare for week 5, students need to read an excerpt from "Divergent" and "Hunger Games" by Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins.
To prepare for week 6, students need to read "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.
To prepare for week 7, students need to review project guidelines handout and complete the first draft of their story.
To prepare for week 8, students need to complete the final draft of their short story.
Students will need a pen and a notebook (or a computer) to write their short stories. I will supply the reading list and handouts to the students.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is assessed by daily discussion performance, participation in the Socratic Seminar at week 4, and the final dystopian literature creation at week 8. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Dystopian literature can be politically charged for some students and families.  The genre exposes weaknesses in various political climates by suggesting that a perfect society may be impossible to reach. 


Lisa MalickMA Teaching, BA Modern European History, BA Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
40 total reviews
41 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I am a 6-12 English and History/Social Sciences certified public school teacher in Florida.  I have been teaching for twelve years, including four years in the synchronous online environment.  Although I love teaching middle and high... 
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