Dystopian Literature

Course Number: 144

Open To:
Grade 12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one semester of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Dystopian Literature is a semester-long course that satisfies one semester of the standard 12th grade English course requirement. In effort to cultivate long-lasting passion for reading and to further develop critical thinking, this one-semester course provides students with the opportunity to engage with a vast spectrum of authors, sources, literary movements and genres. Students will be encouraged to become more than passive learners. Instead, they will dialogue with literary theories and perspectives, and ultimately develop their own unique analytical lenses and writing voices. Students will think deeply about literature in an array of groupings and contexts: class discussions, think-pair-shares, informal debates, small and large group activities, multimedia assisted presentations, and problem-based projects. Individually and within these groups, students will demonstrate their acquired knowledge using innovative educational technologies. Through encounters with canonical and contemporary texts, students will develop the skills to decipher the dialogue between historical and present-day authors. Further, by addressing some of the social justice queries of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the course asks students to engage thoughtfully and faithfully with the complexities facing our world. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • 1984 by George Orwell. ISBN: 978-0451524935
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. ISBN: 978-0060850524
  • Robot Uprisings by Daniel Wilson and John Adams. ISBN: 978-0345803634
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore. ISBN: 978-1401208417
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. ISBN: 978-0385490818 (tentative)

Note: Summer Reading Texts will be published in Spring

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
None