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Layers of Reading

Pre-AP English 2 A

Micki Clark

on 18 August 2013

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Layers of Reading
English 2 A
Prezi by Mrs. Micki Clark
Recently, we read "Harrison Bergeron", a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. You will be using that story today to do this activity.

For this activity, you will need the following things:
A copy of the story "Harrison Bergeron" (literature book, p. 21, or it's available online)
A single sheet of white paper
You may also wish to have a dictionary
On your white paper, I want you to draw three shapes. You may have done this activity last year using circles/ovals, but I find that squares result in less stress over random shapes. :)

You will have one square in the middle of your paper (make it about three inches). Make another larger square surrounding your center square (again, leaving no less than two to three inches of white space), and then you may either draw another square or imagine that the borders of your paper serve as the third.
Step one: Choose a word (either directly from the story or one you come up with) that, in your mind, describes the story or best conveys the mood of the story.

Find a quote from the story that either uses the word you chose, or supports your decision. Write that quote, and then provide a brief explanation.

Here's an example (and NO, you cannot use MINE).
“I don’t care if you’re not equal to me for a while.” (Hazel)

I chose this word because the story centers on making everyone equal.
For step two, I want you to choose FOUR visual images that represent the word you've chosen. Draw those images in your middle square (one for each side of your inner square). Beneath each, write a short sentence explaining the connection of the image to your word or quote.
And finally, step three: Consider the word you've selected, and the quote you wrote. Examine each of your four images again carefully. Now, in your outer box, write TWO different messages you feel the author is trying to send to the world regarding your chosen word. Explain yourself.
“I don’t care if you’re not equal to me for a while.” (Hazel)

I chose this word because the story centers on making everyone equal.
Get the idea?
When the class finishes, I want you to share your words. Find out who had a word in common with you, and compare your diagrams. On the back of ONE diagram from the group, record the similarities and differences.
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