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Imaging New Worlds
Transcript of Imaging New Worlds
Need to Know Question
What can we learn about ourselves and our society from dystopian worlds?
Module 1 Imagining New Worlds
Explore archetypal themes and characters
Read and annotate a dystopian text
Video with the Gary Ross, Hunger Games director
Identifying Social Commentary
Read choice of short story - annotate commentary
Write a short story
Review with your peers
Share with your expert
Conduct a Socratic seminar
Create an essay outline
Write a comparative essay
Peer review and revising
Preparing your Project
Write a story
is set in dystopian world
contains social commentary
develops interesting characters
end of world
Gary Ross on Writing
use a graphic organizer
Graphic Novel Project
Analyze Graphic Novels
Develop characters and arc
Ilustrate using Pixton
Practice script in Celtx
Learn video craft
Your Choice of
Write and produce a video
Write and illustrate
a graphic novel
Unit Wrap Up
Share your graphic novel or film project with your class and with your experts.
Take a bow!
On the way there you read a dystopian novel and study how authors create characters and convey social commentary
Types of dystopian futures
Get feedback from your expert about your story
Video on illustrator Van Allsburg
By the end of the unit, you will
Better appreciate a popular genre for books and movies
Know the signs of a dystopia
Be able to discuss and write about societal tradeoffs
Communicate your social commentary through fiction
Get a taste for writing, illustrating, or directing as a career
Here are the steps you will follow on the path to understanding dystopias