Thursday, September 18, 2011 Friday, September 19, 2011. Discuss Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) Classzone (In Computer Lab 403) Group Discussion Before Reading Literary Analysis Reading Strategy Authors Background Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. After Reading Journal #1 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Unit 5: Plot, Setting, and Mood
Thursday, September 18, 2011Friday, September 19, 2011
Discuss Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)Classzone (In Computer Lab 403)Group DiscussionBefore ReadingLiterary AnalysisReading StrategyAuthors BackgroundHarrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.After ReadingJournal #1DiscussionGrammar and Style
Unit 4: Harrison BergersonShort Story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.What if everyone were THE SAME?Harrison BergeronObjectivesLiterary AnalysisExplore the key idea of averageAnalyze plot and conflictRead a short storyReadingDraw conclusionsGrammar and WritingUse precise adjectives to revise a draftUse writing to analyze literatureState StandardsReading StandardsE2-1.1 Compare/contrast ideas to make inferencesE2-1.4 Analyze plotE2-1.4 Analyze the relationship between plot and themeWriting StandardE2-4.6 Use revision strategies to improve quality of voice in writingHarrison BergeronKey Idea: What if everyone were THE SAME?Literary Analysis: Plot and ConflictReading Skill: Draw ConclusionsAuthor Background: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.Background Information:HandicapsUtopian SocietyHarrison BergeronWhat if everyone were THE SAME?
What would the world be like if everyone were the same average in intelligence, talents, appearance, and strength and no one was better than anyone else? How do you think people would feel and act toward each other? Would they be happy and satisfied?What are some possible advantages and disadvantages of a world where everyone is the same exactly average?Harrison BergeronLiterary Analysis: Plot and ConflictThe plot of a story is driven by a conflict, or struggle between opposing forces. In some stories the conflict is between the main character and society. In Harrison Bergeron for example, the title character struggles with U.S. society in the year 2081.As we read, notice how Harrison and the government oppose each other.Harrison BergeronReading Skill: Drawing ConclusionsWhen you draw conclusions, you make judgments based on story details and your own prior knowledge. Use the following strategies to draw conclusions about the society depicted in Harrison Bergeron:Note what results from the societys practices and laws.Apply your own knowledge to speculate about the motive of its officials.Harrison BergeronBackground:Handicap: In sports a handicap is a way to even up a game so that good, average, and poor players can compete as equals. Utopian Society: This story describes an attempt to create a Utopian, or perfect, society in the United States by abolishing all kinds of competition. For centuries, writers have described perfect societies. The word Utopian comes from Sir Thomas Mores book Utopia. This story takes a satirical look at Utopian society.Harrison BergeronKey Idea: AVERAGELooking at lines 14-28
What does the government do to people who are above average in some way?Harrison BergeronKey Idea: AVERAGELooking at lines 111 124
How does Harrison remain above average, even with handicaps? What is ironic about how Harrison looks as compared to the other handicapped people?Harrison BergeronAfter-Reading: DiscussionWas the storys ending a total surprise to you?Would another ending have been better?Do you think the story ended on a positive note about human nature or a negative note about society?
Grammar and StyleUsing Precise Language: When describing people, places, and events in your own writing, choose adjectives that allow readers to easily visualize them. Avoid using adjectives such as good and nice, which are too general to give readers a true sense of what is described.She must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous. (lines 95-96)Her voice was a warm, luminous, timeless, melody. (line 101)Grammar and StyleYOU TRY IT:
Harrison Bergeron has a big problem. Hes better
than everyone else, and the government says
thats bad.Grammar and StyleYOU TRY IT
The noises that George heard were loud.
Harrison wore big handicaps.
One ballerina had a soothing voice.Summer Reading ReminderTest on Heart of a Champion will be:Thursday, September 8th (A-Day Classes)Friday, September 9th (B-Day Classes)