Dark Materials: Reflecting on Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Literature

This Dark Materials: Reflecting on Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Literature lesson plan also includes:

The Hunger Games. Maximum Ride. Why is so much of young adult literature so dark? What is the appeal of dystopian literature to young readers? The six activities in this resource ask kids to reflect on some of the reasons this genre has such an attraction.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Poll the class to determine which, if any, dystopian, post-apocalyptic films they have seen, or books they have read
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Pros

  • The packet includes an overview, a materials list, a warm-up activity, the six activities, and links to related resources, and links to the standards address by the resource
Cons

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