ELA 10AP-Novel blog
1. If Dystopian literature mainly depicts the divergence between individual identity or ambition and the collective goals of the state, which crush or suppress any individual expressions, how does your author use this idea to create their novel. In other words, what portion of history influenced your authors creation?
2. Discuss with your group and decide which portion of the dystopian world created by your author seems to be a practice that could be applied successfully in today's society? Would your group use that portion exactly as described or would you change it slightly? How?
3. What is your group's evaluation of the novel? Simply, did you like or dislike your novel? Why? (Be sure to use literary language in your answer) ie: did the author effectively analyze society's governmental downfall? Did the author use tone effectively to create a particular mood? Were the themes fully explored?
1. In a well developed answer, explore how the author has created a complex allegory about how detrimental decision-making affect society. Be sure to make direct reference to your novel using textual evidence to support your answer.
2. How does your author explore both tone and mood in their plot? Provide at least 5 textual examples to support your answer.
3. Provide 3 examples each from your novel of the following literary devices-characterization and conflict
Explain how these devices serve to further the plot of your novel.
1. The hero in dystopian literature always questions society although he is usually in high-standing within the social system. He often sees what's wrong and tries to change the system. He puts his hope in a group of people who aren't under the complete control of the state. Describe how the "hero" in your novel fits the standard of a dystopian hero.
2. The dystopian stories are often stories about survival, their primary theme is oppression and rebellion. Choose 3 quotes that support one of this theme. Be sure to describe how your quote relates to the theme.
3. Choose one of the following quotes to relate to your novel. Once you have chosen, explain how it relates using details from the novel to support your statements.
a. “Nothing makes me more nervous than people who say, ‘It can’t happen here.’ Anything can happen anywhere, given the right circumstances.” — From a 2015 lecture to West Point cadets
b. “Any novel is hopeful in that it presupposes a reader. It is, actually, a hopeful act just to write anything, really, because you’re assuming that someone will be around to [read] it.”
— From a 2011 interview with The Atlantic
1. Dystopian stories frequently take place in landscapes which diminish people, like large cities with mastodontic architecture or vast wastelands devastated by war and pollution. Dystopian societies are usually, but far from always, battered and worn-out. They may be colorless or kaleidoscopic, but always visually obtrusive. Provide a description of your novel's setting. What specifically makes your novel dystopian?
2. All of the novels we are reading could be considered controversial. What in particular about your novel may have been considered controversial when it was published?
3. What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters? Cite at least 3 quotes from your novel to support your answer.
4. Post 3 questions that your group came up with related to your novel. Provide answers for each question.
Now that you have completed your questions, hand in your journal, job sheet and pick up a peer/self evaluation sheet.