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Dystopias: The Giver

Mr. Hodge
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(47)
In this 8-week course, students will examine The Giver to write an essay on how it criticizes contemporary trends, societal norms, or political systems.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 8
Students will define the literary terms utopia and dystopia.
Students will identify dystopian characteristics in literature (and possibly film).
Students will explain how dystopias criticize contemporary trends, societal norms, or political systems.
Students will learn how to plot ideas.
Students will learn to create an effective presentation.
Students will effectively write an analytic essay.
Having taught this to Middle Schoolers, I am aware of some which contain sensitive subject matter. Having taught some of these in the past, I have experience teaching matters of a sensitive nature to students. As always, the expectation is for the student to handle themselves with a sense of maturity. The purpose here is to explore the nature of the dystopian society and its role in the human experience.
Homework Offered
Primarily, reading will be done as homework so the student can come to class prepared for discussion.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
The Giver, Lois Lowry ISBN# 978-0-544-33626-1 ($8.99US or equivalent)
Novel may include: violence, sexuality, language, drug use.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(47)
Greetings and salutations! I am Mr. Hodge, and I come from a very varied background! I am an English teacher by trade, and a History buff by nature. I am skilled with a book, hammer, and soil. I know about health and nutrition, and I dabble in the... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
60 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 12-14
1-10 learners per class

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