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Unit Presentation: The House of the Scorpion

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Transcript of Unit Presentation: The House of the Scorpion

Unit Journal
Throughout the unit, students are required to journal about the novel.

6 personal entries
reactions
connections
predictions

In-class entries
responses to specific questions or comments
Utopia Project
At the end of the unit, students will create their very own utopian society.

Presentation:
visually represent the society
develop an advertisement
describe the society
convince people to live there

Written Analysis:
what choices were made? why?
what could go wrong? why?
can failure be prevented?
a YA dystopian novel
Mini (group) Project
Students will work together to create a concept for the perfect school.

Trade and Deconstruct:
would you go to this school?
what would you change?
will everyone (students, parents, teachers, zombies) like this school?
Literature Circles
6 groups - 6 dystopian short stories

Circle Meetings
completely student led
possible discussion questions provided

Presentations
describe the society in the story
how would it be positively advertised?
what is the reality like?
Unit Terminology
Utopia
a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities

Dystopia
a community or society that is undesirable or frightening in some important way; the opposite of utopia

Utopian Perspective
the point of view that considers a society as perfect

Dystopian Perspective
the point of view that considers a society as flawed; often a marginalized perspective
can society be perfected?
The House of the Scorpion
He struggles to find his place in a community that sees him as nothing more than an animal to be used as parts.
by: Nancy Farmer
An 8th grade literature unit
Activities throughout the unit build toward this written analysis.
... recognize details ... determine explanations ... compare perspectives ...
In-class entries support thinking related to the essential question.
Final entry answers the essential question and supports reasoning.
Practice developing and analyzing a society before the Utopia Project.
First-hand experience with differing perspectives.
Students make personal adaptations to essential question exploration.
Introduced to expectations of Utopia Project presentations.
Matt learns that he is the clone of the most powerful druglord in Opium, El Patron.
Terms chosen for relation to genre and essential question.
Dystopian perspective introduces concept of marginalized cultures.
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