Frankenstein, Mr. Data, Hal, and DEFCON, the computer featured in Kyle Downey’s tale, “Ghostwriter,” all illustrate the dangers of creating intelligent life. After reading Downey’s story, class members craft their own narrative in which an object plays a major role. Richly detailed, the plan includes pre-reading exercises, a reading check, a vocabulary in context exercise, and critical thinking questions. No link is provided for the story, but the tale can be easily accessed on the Internet.
Dystopian LiteratureDreams or nightmares? Visions or warnings? Are these stories truths, as Yann Arthus-Bertrand said, "the world is not yet ready to hear"? Listen to the warnings in this collection of materials designed for writings that depict what could happen if . . .9th - 12th English Language Arts