This teaching idea addresses the pros and cons of discussion by analyzing the concept of utopia in a satire. Students collaborate in small groups to create a Discussion Web that addresses the question, "Are people equal?" Students engage in meaningful discussions analyzing all sides of their initial response, form a consensus, and present it to the class. Students then read "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and use supporting details to complete another Discussion Web that examines whether or not the people in the story are equal. Web-based graphic organizers, assessments, and extension activities are included.
Subject(s): English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection
Keywords: class discussion, equality, Harrison Bergeron, debate, utopia, vocabulary, discussion web, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., equal, Discussion Web, collaboration
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Name of Author/Source: Karen Luchner
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Leon
Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
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