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Utopian & Dystopian Societies:
January 10, 17, 24, 31

This unit deals with cultures, societies and/or governments that have a tight and wide grip on their inhabitants.  Often they are dystopian, especially if considered from the perspective of the working, controlled, or oppressed classes.  WIkepedia says: "dystopia (from Ancient Greekδυσ-, "bad, hard", and Ancient Greekτόπος, "place, landscape") is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanity's spiritual evolution. Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens."

Divergent:  Abbi, Chiara, Alina, Khoi (4) with Tricia Wing
Barcode Tattoo: Carter, Graham, James, Claire, Kevin (5) with Stephanie Bainbridge
1984: Jacob, Jenna, Audrey, Danny, Alison (5) Cristina Rivera Peters
1984: Avery, Justin, Sarah, Juliann (4) with Cindy Hellmann
The Long Walk: Riley, Malaika, Dominic, Alec, (4) with Marcie Mitchell
The Long Walk: Karim, Douglas, Vernon, Nolan, Ian (5) with Cahn Le

Fahrenheit 451: Leon, Kevin, Tomer (3) with Debbie Berge
Divergent: Stephanie, Keiko, Camila, Rachel (4) with Moira Edelman
Divergent: Kiyasha, Jamie, Rana (3) with Stephanie Bainbridge
The Long Walk: Nate, Nikolai, Tony, Mason, Alexis, Dean (6) with Denise Alvord
1984: Isaac, Kyle, Joey, Gunnar (4) with Barbara Bussler
1984: Frankie, Josh, Harrison (3) with Meagan Mujushi

The Assignment (January 31 to February 17):
Using an existing "lettered" project idea or creating one of your own, demonstrate an understanding of your book and the genre.  Your project should include an analysis of an aspect of a dystopian society, for example, the components of government, the effects on the inhabitants, or connections with real-world situations, present and/or past.
Your project will be due on Friday, February 17, 2012.  Post it in my room (or online if necessary) and fill in this form.
Grading will be done over break and involve the following criteria:
  1. How much does the project show 3 hours of sincere and productive work (per person)? -- 5 points
  2. How much does the project show creativity and/or get the viewer/user/reader interested and involved? -- 5 points
  3. How well does the project show an understanding/analysis of the plot, theme, and/or characters? -- 5 points
  4. How well does the project exhibit your understanding/analysis of an aspect of a dystopian society? --10  points
Sample Student Products (score tally):

Contemporary Examples:
  1. The Uglies (series) by Scott Westerfeld
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. Matched by Ally Condie
  4. Gathering Blue Lois Lowry
  5. Among the Hidden (series)
  6. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Wayne
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  8. Truesight by David Stahler Jr.
  9. The Long Walk by Stephen King (PA)
  10. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  11. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Classic (aka old) Examples
  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  2. Brave New World by Aldus Huxley (PA)
  3. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
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