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ERIC Number: ED466558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-18
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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The Role of the Individual within Society: "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. Thematic Unit.
Tarner, Danielle; Umak, Adam
Lois Lowry's award-winning novel, "The Giver," chronicles the strength of Jonas, an adolescent boy of 12 who lives in a utopian society. In the Community everyone is equal, and there is only a gray routine of existence. But Jonas is singled out by "The Giver," a wise old man who teaches Jonas the range of human emotions, and the two then plot the salvation of the Community. In "Brave New World," Bernard Marx, Aldous Huxley's protagonist, begins to understand that a systematic, controlled and predictable society is synthetic. Bernard is expelled from the society for his choices of sex and drugs and meets an outcast who will change the course of history. This novel has set the tone for the utopian nightmare that science fiction authors have been writing about for decades. These two novels exhibit the unique quality of combining the theme of responsibility in society within a literary context agreeable to adolescents. Themes such as the power of knowledge, conformity, censorship, governmental control, and responsibility for self provide students with the foundation with which to explore their roles in society. This thematic curriculum unit contains a 50-minute model and 12 lesson plans and is designed for grades 10 and 11. It pairs the adolescent novel and the classic to offer students two different perspectives on an identical theme. The unit is divided into the following parts: I. Rationale for Combining the Novels; II. General Objectives; III. Outline of the Thematic Unit; IV. Daily Lesson Plans; V. Assessment; VI. Supplemental Materials; VII. Closing Thoughts; and VIII. Bibliography. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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