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Day 9: "Anthem" First Reading

2q Day 9: "Anthem" first reading, Defining Utopian/Dystopian, Review of Egoism/Individualism, Assigning Vocations and Names
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I Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Warm Up Define “Individuality.” Explain whether or not expressing individuality is always a good thing, or if it can come with consequences. Individual Choice
vs.
The Greater Good Altriusm vs.
Egoism Individual Choice Individual Choice is all about the actions that we take that either affect only ourselves, or that we believe will have an immediate and lasting impact on only ourselves. (Such as eating 50 hot dogs in one sitting. You go boy,World Eating Contest Champion, Kobayashi!) The Greater Good Actions that fall under "The Greater Good" are things we do that may be inconvienent or have a negative impact on ourselves,but that have positive impacts on more people than ourselves. (Does anyone actually like paying taxes? Probably not. But they support: roads, schools, the military, the space program, among other things.) Altruism Unselfish concern for others. Egoism Valuing everything based only on one's own self interest. (Selfishness) Society views this as good... And views this as bad... However... There are occasions where doing things for yourself, and not thinking about others may be the best option. And where doing things for others and not worrying about yourself has unintended, negative consequences. In life, there will always be a conflict about whether something that is perceived as helping the "greater good" of all society, is actually bad, and whether we should have an individual choice before we do it. Vaccinations, for example, help the greater good of society by preventing the spread of deadly diseases. However, some people believe that vaccines have unintended consequences to health. Homework Themes are always played out with CONFLICT. Conflict in a story is the struggle or problem that a character (or characters) deals with. They can often be stated in question format. Will Jerry make it through the tunnel? Will NiKan ever have a good relationship with her mom? Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch's
7 basic story conflicts Which of the 7 basic story conflicts fit the Kiwi?
Choose 1, and describe why it is the primary conflict in this story. Common Thread Activity Place your action card on either the "Individual Choice" sheet, or the "Greater Good" (Altruism) sheet. Man vs. Nature Man vs. Man Man vs. Machine/Technology

(Internal Conflict) Man
vs.
Self Man vs. Fate/Destiny Man
vs.
Society Man vs. Supernatural Theme A theme is a broad idea, message or moral within a story. A theme is like a thread, which weaves its way through the entire story. The theme is usually implied, and made obvious through the actions of the story, usually played out through the story's main and various conflicts between the characters. What's the theme of this costume party? Wear your theme string all week. Gather at least 10 names and signatures of other people wearing their theme string that you find in school. THEY CANNOT BE ANY IN YOUR CLASS PERIOD. Video Credits Go to Brandon Bishop, 1a! Objective Students will explore the meanings of “Individual Choice” and “The Greater Good,” in order to begin identifying and explaining examples of 2nd quarter’s theme and conflicts. Warm Up "Jerry struggled to fight the fear inside of him. The darkness of the tunnel could hide anything, and thoughts of tangling tentacles, of octopuses, crowded his thoughts." Objective Students continue exploring the quarter theme, “Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good,” and the 7 basic story conflicts by reading and analyzing how the theme and conflicts are presented in the first part of “The Dead Past,” by Isaac Asimov. Which of the following conflict themes best describes this quote? A. Man vs. Man
B. Man vs. Destiny
C. Man vs. Self
D. Man vs. Nature Explain how you know that the theme you chose works the best. Man vs. Man
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Fate
Man vs. Supernatural
Man vs. Technology
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Society 7 basic story conflicts 1. Identify which conflict best fits the story
2. Explain what about the story proves that the conflict you identifed works the best
3. Identify which other conflicts could also apply, and why. "Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good" How can you apply this quarter's theme to the movie? Name that film! Ok, that was easy. But how about this...
Who wrote the story? Meet Dr. Isaac Asimov,
writer of the story, "I, Robot" Fact Sheet:

*Born In a non-Democractic Russia

*Born in 1920, died in 1992

*Published about 500 volumes of literary work

*Defined the universally accepted laws of robotics, now being applied and considered in real-life robotics. Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good is a common theme in many of Asimov's works. As a child of parents who experienced a Russia that was moving towards a communist and non-democratic government, Asimov was fully aware of the dangers of a society that limited people's ability to make individual choices, and where people were forced to make choices that are not relevant to their own personal desires. Write down the job or career that you most want on the slip of paper. Make sure to put your name on one side, and the job/career on the other side. Imagine.... A society where everyone gets just one career. Where the first job you have is the only job you'll ever have... Where even thinking about any other job or career is considered anarchy... And where the only way to do your job is to break the law. (Lawlessness and disorder) "The Dead Past" What comes to mind with this story title? 1st Reading,
Cast List Dr. Arnold Potterley History Professor.

Specializes in Ancient Carthage

Overly obsessed and worried about fire.

Married.

One daughter (now deceased)

Believes he should have more choices than he is given in his career. Thaddeus Araman Government Beaurocrat

Smoker

Oversees all usage of the chronoscope (time-viewer)

Believes that what is best for all society is the most important. Jonas Foster Newly graduated.

New Professor of Physics

Apprehensive about breaking the rules.

Intellectually curious. 1st Reading, "The Dead Past" USE YOUR GUIDED NOTES! YOU WILL NEED THEM FOR THE MIDWAY ESSAY!
(You are also being graded on them!) Reading Roles for Today: Narrator: Mr. Cook! Volunteer Roles: Jonas Foster Dr. Potterley Mr. Araman Everyone Else:
FOLLOW ALONG Anarchy Lawlessness or disorder unrealistically optimistic Quixotic 4a only Meet Shirley Jackson Write your name on the slip of paper. There will be a lottery! Winner gets the same reward as the character that wins the lottery at the end of the story! Important to this story are... Mrs. Hutchinson. Mother of 3 Mr. Hutchinson Father of 3 Stones. A black lottery box. Fact Sheet:

*Born in 1916

*Died in 1965 at age 45

*Wrote stories with a twist or suprise ending. Nothing was ever as it seemed. What comes to mind when you read the title, "The Lottery"? Warmup If an invention could change the world, but is potentially deadly, should it be kept secret, or should people be allowed to use it? Explain. = Quiz!!!
Quiz 1: Conflict and Theme Part I. Theme 1. Define "Theme" 2. This quarter's theme is _______________vs. ________________ 3. Define Altruism

4. Define Egoism Part II: Conflcit 6.Identify the 7 basic story conflicts: Man vs.________
Man vs.________
Man vs.________
Man vs.________
Man vs.________
Man vs.________
Man vs.________ 7.Watch the video. In 3-4 sentences, explain which story conflict best fits the movie, and why a different conflict does not work. (Invidivudal Choice vs. The Greater Good) Extra Credit Chance!
Name all 7 story conflicts! 2nd Quarter Midway Essay:
Story Conflicts and Theme 1. You will need to write 500 words 2. You will need to write about 3 of the basic story conflicts. 3. You will need to use quotes and references. 4. You will need to type it, and email a copy. Remember: Claim: The argument or point you are making in your paragraph. That comes first. "Man vs. Machine exists in the story from beginning to end." Proof: The example you use to prove your point about your claim.
In the movie, Will Smith argues with his boss at the police station that the machines could cause problems. He said, "Look, they can't be trusted." Analysis: The example you use must be connected back to the proof, and explained how it proves the claim.
This example shows how Will Smith is against the robots. Because robots are machines, it expresses how he is in conflict with the machines. This is how you will structure your body paragraphs. But your intro paragraph should be different. Extended Essays require a 5 paragraph structure:

1 Introductory Paragraph,
3 Body paragraphs and
1 Concluding paragraph Introductory Paragraphs have the following structure:

1. Statement about the topic “Themes are...”

2. Explanation of the story’s theme. “In ‘The Dangerous Dimension’ one theme that can be found is...”

3. Identification/Explanation of the conflicts you are discussing. “The conflicts most present in the story are...”

4. Explanation of what the conflicts do: “These conflicts work together to show the theme by...”


5. Explanation of what you believe the story’s conflicts show: “By the end of the story, the conflicts prove that this theme exists because...” (Here, you should define the concept of themes themes) In no less than 500 words, explain how 3 of the “Man vs.________” conflicts discussed in class are used to create an understanding of how the theme "Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good" is present within the story.

Stories: “The Dangerous Dimension” or “The Lottery” This sentence is known as the thesis statement. It is an opinion statement that you make that can be disagreed with by someone else. It is what your essay is all about. It should have topic for each topic you are covering. By the end of the story, the conflicts prove that theme "Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good" exists because they work together to show that Will Smith fought other people in his goal to help all of humanity, fought society's ideas to help humanity understand that the robots were dangerous, and fought against the machines to help save humanity from being enslaved. Man vs. Man Paragraph Man vs. Machines/Technology Paragraph Man vs. Society Paragraph Close your eyes... Imagine yourself




anywhere in the world... Now, write down the name and a short description of that location. Like where you went? What if you could go there, whenever you wanted, just be thinking about it? Florida... Tokyo The Bathroom If anyone could learn to do this, in just a few seconds, should it be shared with everyone? What kind of positive effects would that have on the world? What would be the down sides? What if you could not control where you went. If every time someone mentioned a location, a place name, you went there, because you thought about it... Where would be bad places to end up? Where would be the worst place to end up? Dr. Henry Mudge found out how to tranfer himself anywhere, just by thinking about it. But he can't control it. His thoughts take him anywhere, and he cannot stop it. In this story, you will see the following conflicts: Man vs. Man
Man vs. Fate/Destiny
Man vs. Supernatural
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Self Make sure to take notes on occasions and quotes which show these conflicts! Written Response Explain which type of conflict was most present in the story today, and give one example which proves that conflict existed in the text. Homework Observe the lessons you see around you in school. During the week, concepts or situations discussed in your classes that reflects at least 3 of the 7 types of conflict. Write what the lesson/example in the class was about, and how it exhibited that type of conflict. Warmup Students will practice extended essay introductory paragraphs by writing an introductory paragraph which analyzes 3 conflicts present in “I, Robot.”

Students will continue evaluating the usage of story conflicts by reading and analyzing the story, “The Dangerous Dimension.” Objective “For years he had been in deadly terror of her...” Which of the following conflicts works best with quote from "The Dangerous Dimension” A. Man vs. Man
B. Man vs. Self
C. Man vs. Nature
D. Man vs. Society

Explain why you
chose your answer. 1. 2. 3. Let's say you were given this image. And you were given the following essay prompt on it... "In a well formulated essay, explain 3 reasons this image could be used to scare small children" Looking at this image, what three reasons would you come up with? 1. The creepy house in the background.
2. The strange, and untrustworthy women in the foreground.
3. The grayscale photo. Mine: Now put those three reasons into a sentence: The creepy house in the background, the untrustworthy looking women, and the grayscale coloring all combine to make an image that would scare any child. 1. 2. 3. These points? THESE are thesis points. And the whole thing is called a "Thesis Statement" Thesis Statement:
an explanation of the topic or purpose of a research paper. What's the purpose of my essay here? Yes! The purpose of my essay is to prove that the creepy house, the untrustworhy looking women, and the grayscale coloring combine to make an image that would scare any child. Is this a fact or an opinion? OPINION! And it's my opinion. Many of you came up with different reasons. The introductory paragraph is the first paragraph in an extended, 5 paragraph essay (such as the kind you will be writing!). The most important part of it is the thesis statement. Introductory Paragraph Structure: Introductory Paragraphs have the following structure:

1. Statement defining the topic:
"On many occasions, small children are scared by the images that they see."

2. Identifying the topic's specifics:
"The grayscale image with the two ladies and the dark house is one example of an image that could have an effect on children."

3. Details about the topic's specifics:
"The image is dark, with shadowy overtones, very disturbed looking women, and a house in the background that could potentially cause a negative impact on small children."

4. Introduction to the thesis statement:
"While there are many aspects of the image that could scare children, only a few of them would probably have lasting impacts."

5. Thesis statement about the topic:
"The creepy house in the background, the untrustworthy looking women, and the grayscale coloring all combine to make an image that would scare any child." Now, we have a beginning to an essay! In a well-formulated essay, explain how three of the 7 basic story conflicts are presented in the film preview for the movie, "I, Robot." Mine: The 7 basic story conflicts can easily be applied to many different stories. "I, Robot" is a movie made in 2004 which presents many of the 7 basic story conflicts identified by Thomas Quiller-Couch. In the movie, Will Smith fights against the idea that robots are safe, and is forced to go almost single-handedly against other people and a robot hoard which is ready to enslave all of humanity. While many of the 7 conflicts work within the movie, three in particular work better than others. Because he is fighting against other humans, battling dangerous robots, and rejecting the mainstream ideas about robots, the story conflicts that can best be applied to the movie "I, Robot" are man vs. man, man vs. machine/technology and man vs. society. Last time... Henry Mudge was in conflict with his housekeeper,
Lizzie Doolin. Which "man vs."
conflict is this?

How do you know? Today... Continue to take notes on and be aware of the other conflicts within this story: Man vs. Man
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Supernatural
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Fate/Destiny Written Response Explain which type of conflict was most present in the story today, and give one example which proves that conflict existed in the text. Homework Observe the lessons you see around you in school. During the week, concepts or situations discussed in your classes that reflects at least 3 of the 7 types of conflict. Write what the lesson/example in the class was about, and how it exhibited that type of conflict. On a Separate sheet of paper... List the following things 1. Top 5 Songs of 2011

2. Top 5 Sayings of the year school year

3. Top 5 Brands (Clothing and shoe brands)

4. Top 5 Movies of 2011

5. Top 5 TV Shows of 2011 Warmup In the first part of "The Dangerous Dimension," Dr. Mudge accidentally transports to Paris, France. Which of the 7 story conflicts best represents his inability to control where he teleports? Objective Students will continue evaluating the usage of story conflicts by reading and analyzing the story, “The Dangerous Dimension.” Review What are the 7 basic story conflicts? Man vs. Man



Man vs. Self



Man vs. Nature



Man vs. Machine/Technology



Man vs. Supernatural



Man vs. Society



Man vs. Fate/Destiny This quarter's theme is
"Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good." Altruism Egoism (Thinking only of what benefits one's self) (Thinking only of what benefits others) The first essay's topic: In no less than 500 words, explain how 2 different “man vs.__________” conflicts are presented within the text (The Dangerous Dimension or The Lottery) and work together to show that the theme “Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good” exists within the story. Continuing Reading As we continue to read, do not forget to take notes on where you see conflicts occuring. For example, if you read about how Dr. Mudge had an argument with his housekeeper, Lizzie Doolin, what would you write down in your notes? Do not forget to write down examples that prove that the different conflicts exist. Be specific in your notes! Homework Observe the lessons you see around you in school. During the week, concepts or situations discussed in your classes that reflects at least 3 of the 7 types of conflict. Write what the lesson/example in the class was about, and how it exhibited that type of conflict. Written Response Explain which type of conflict was most present in the story today, and give one example which proves that conflict existed in the text. Warmup There is one place where Dr. Mudge is afraid that his mind will take him, which, he explains, would result in his “imminent destruction.” Explain where this place might be, and which conflicts would apply if he were to appear there. Objective Students will continue evaluating the usage of story conflicts by reading and analyzing the story, “The Dangerous Dimension.” Explain which type of conflict was most present in the story today, and give one example which proves that conflict existed in the text. Written Response What do we know: There is a man named Dr. Henry Mudge. He lives with, but is afraid of, his housekeeper, Ms. Lizzie Doolin.
(Man vs. Man!) Using an equation that he developed... Dr. Mudge enhanced the powers of his brain... Allowing him to teleport himself to wherever his mind thinks about. However, Dr. Mudge quickly learns that he can't stop himself from thinking of different places...
(Man vs. Self!) And anyone around him who talks risks sending him to anywhere in the universe, beyond his control.

(Man vs. Fate/Destiny!) Paris! Lecture hall! Mars! Hell! oilet Zoo Africa The Dean, someone who could help, thinks Dr. Mudge is crazy. This leaves one option: Dr. Mudge must finish Equation C, or eventually his mind will take him somewhere that will lead to his imminent destruction... Now that we're done with the story, respond! Which conflicts from the story have the most detail and information? Which ones would best work for proving that the theme, “Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good” truly exists in the story? Writing your Introductory Paragraph In 500 words or less, explain how 2 of the "Man vs._______" conflicts are presented in the story, and how they are used to represent the theme "Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good." Sample Introduction: Themes are the overall meanings or ideas which control the actions of the story. Themes are always shown through the different conflicts which are present within a story. The 7 basic story conflicts one might find in a story are man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. self, man vs. machine or technology, man vs. nature and man vs. fate/destiny. In the story "The Dangerous Dimension," by L. Ron Hubbard, the theme "Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good" is clearly present. Throughout the story, the main character, Dr. Henry Mudge, struggles with the dangerous ability to transport himself anywhere he wants, a skill he taught himself, but one that could easily be taught to anyone. He soon loses control of it when he realizes that people cannot always control their own thoughts. The conflicts most present within this story are man vs. man and man vs. self. Through his struggles with other people and his struggles to control his own thoughts, the main character, Dr. Mudge, works to ensure that the equation that granted him this dangerous curse, Equation C, can be solved, that for the greater good of society, no one ever discovers it as well. Homework Observe the lessons you see around you in school. During the week, concepts or situations discussed in your classes that reflects at least 3 of the 7 types of conflict. Write what the lesson/example in the class was about, and how it exhibited that type of conflict. Identify what Henry Mudge did in the story “The Dangerous Dimension” that would be considered helping the greater good. Identify what Dr. Mudge would have done that would be considered an individual choice to help himself. Warmup Students will use their knowledge of the story “The Dangerous Dimension” by L. Ron Hubbard to evaluate the text in order to prove that the theme “Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good” exists within the story. Objective Writing your Essay The Rules are simple... 1. Follow along and write each sentence with us. 2. If you have questions, ASK, but we will only spend 3-4 minutes on each sentence. 3. DON'T WASTE TIME. If we get through all of it, you will walk out of here with your essay COMPLETED. The Introduction 1) Write a sentence introducing the essay’s topic:
(The essay's topic is "themes")
"Themes are...." MAKE AN INDENT! 2. Write a sentence describing conflicts:
"The 7 basic conflicts that go along with themes are..." 3. Write a 2-3 sentences describing the story:
In the story, "The Dangerous Dimension..." 4. Write a sentence identifying which 2 conflicts are most present within the story:
"In the story, the conflicts that are most present are..." 5. Write a sentence identifying which theme is most present within the story:
The story, "The Dangerous Dimension," focuses on the theme..." 6. Write a sentence explaining how the 2 conflicts you chose show the theme exists in the story:
"The conflicts _______ and _______ prove that the theme ___________ exists because..." STOP! Count up the number of words you have used so far. Write a subtotal next to your 1st paragraph. Body Paragraph #1 1. Write a sentence introducing one of the 2 conflicts you chose:
"One major conflict in "The Dangerous Dimension" is..." 2. Write a sentence introducing one example of that conflict:
"In the story, Dr. Mudge..." 3. Give a quoted example from the story.
In the text it says..."____________________". 4. Explain how that quoted example shows the conflict:
"This example shows the conflict______________ because..." 5. Write a sentence introducing another example of that conflict:
"Also in the story..." 7. Explain how that quoted example shows the conflict:
"This example shows how..." MAKE AN INDENT! STOP! Count up the number of words you have used so far. Write a subtotal next to your 2nd paragraph. 1. Write a sentence introducing the second conflict you chose:
"Another major conflict in "The Dangerous Dimension" is..." 2. Write a sentence introducing one example of that conflict:
"In the story, Dr. Mudge..." 3. Give a quoted example from the story.
In the text it says..."____________________". 4. Explain how that quoted example shows the conflict:
"This examples shows the conflict______________ because..." 5. Write a sentence introducing another example of that conflict:
"Also in the story..." 7. Explain how that quoted example shows the conflict:
"This example shows how..." STOP! Count up the number of words you have used so far. Write a subtotal next to your 3rd paragraph. Body Paragraph #2 MAKE AN INDENT! Body Paragraph #3 1. Write a sentence introducing the story’s theme:
"The main theme of the Dangerous Dimension is..." 2. Write a sentence explaining how conflict #1 proves the theme exists in the story:
"___________ works to prove this theme exists because..." 3. Provide an example from the text that shows the conflict proved the theme:
"In the text Dr. Mudge..." 4. Write a sentence explaining whether that conflict showed an individual choice or greater good action:
"This conflict in the story primarily serves________________ because..." 5. Write a sentence explaining how conflict #2 proves the theme exists in the story:
"The other conflict that shows the theme __________ is..." 6. Provide an example from the text that shows that the conflict proved the theme:
"In the text Dr. Mudge..." 7. Write a sentence explaining whether that conflict showed an individual choice or a greater good action:
"This conflict in the story primarily serves __________________ because..." STOP! Count up the number of words you have used so far. Write a subtotal next to your 4th paragraph. Conclusion 1. Re-introduce your thesis statement:
"In the story, "The Dangerous Dimension," the conflicts that are most present are______________ and _____________. These conflicts prove that theme _____________ exists because..." 2. Explain how conflict #1 exists in the story:
"_________ is a primary conflict because..." 2. Explain how conflict #2 exists in the story:
"__________ is also a primary conflict because..." 3. Explain how the two conflicts work together to show the theme exists:
"These two conflicts work to show the theme ___________ exists by..." 5. Write a sentence about the overall meaning of the story:
"Overall, the conflicts and theme in this story show..." STOP! Count up the number of words you have used so far. Write a subtotal next to your 5th paragraph. Finishing Touches 1. Formatting 2. Formatting #2 Your essay must be TPYED and PRINTED. The PRINTED version is only HALF the grade
Your essay must also be EMAILED as an ATTACHMENT. NOT COPIED AND PASTED OR TYPED INTO THE EMAIL.
The Digital copy is the OTHER half of the grade! If you forget what to do... READ THE PROJECT PAPER. MAKE AN INDENT! MAKE AN INDENT! 6. Give a quoted example from the story.
In the text it says..."____________________". 6. Give a quoted example from the story.
In the text it says..."____________________". Week 3 MVP! Week 3
MVPs! Warmup Rewrite the following sentence by changing the singular pronouns (I, me, my, myself) to plural pronouns (We, us, ourselves, our). “I hold the light of truth within my hands. If not for me, the world would be dark and gloomy. I take pride in myself and the work of my own hands.” How does the meaning of the sentence change when it is expressing group pronouns, instead of personal pronouns? Students will review the concept of “collectivism” by writing about the meanings and connections of quotes from Ayn Rands, “Anthem.” Objective Collectivism A philosophical system that values the group more than the individual. Our next story,
"Anthem," by Ayn Rand, takes collectivism to the extreme... By forcing everyone to be the same... To be part of the group... Even to the level of their thoughts. How? By ridding the world of the one thing that separates us all Individuality. Starting... with singular pronouns. What is a pronoun? A word that takes the place of a noun. An identifier for a person, place or thing. John hates apples. He Singular pronouns identify a person, place or thing that is an individual. (as well as HE, SHE, or IT) In the "Anthem" society, this has been banned from society for so long, nobody even remembers that these words exist. In your groups 1. Have each person write a sentence about himself/herself using the singular pronoun on your printed sheet.

2. On the opposite side of your sheet, rewrite the sentences you each wrote, replacing the singular pronoun, with the plural pronoun.

3. Be prepared to share! On the walls, you see papers that identify collectivist thought. Take one from the wall, return to your desk, and on the BACK of that paper answer the following: What does it mean for us to express ourselves using only plural pronouns, and no personal pronouns? 1) What does the quote make you think about?

2) If the quote was applied to you, how would it make you feel?

3) How do you believe the quote applies to this quarter’s theme, “Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good”? Homework Spend the next week speaking without using singular pronouns in every class period. Write down at least 10 reactions from both students and teachers. Describe how the story fits into the quarter's theme, "Individual Choice vs. the Greater Good" Warmup What does it mean to be equal? Is it possible for all people to be equal, 100% of the time? Objective -Students will preview the story “Anthem” and begin reading chapter 1 in order to develop a concept of how the story's conflicts are creating the meaning present within the story. Celebrations are in order! After months of lobbying, our school has finally been selected for a new program sponsored by Prince George's County, the Federal Department of Education and the Rand Educational Foundation! JUST KIDDING! Respond!
How did that letter make you feel?
Who would be on the losing end if it were true?
Who would be on the winning end?
What would an education system like that get rid of. The whole situation would be an introduction of collectivism into the way we teach and learn. "It is a sin to be different from our brothers." This takes us into today's lesson! Last class we talked about "collectivism", the concept that emphasizes the importance of the group over the individual. Individualism is the opposite of collectivism. It is a philosophical system that values that individual over the group. An individual is expressed through the understanding that one person (You, me, anyone else), is unique, different and separate from others. This is the Ego. Your understanding of "me"-ness. Keep in mind:
As we discussed last class, neither of these exist in the "Anthem" society. It is therefore a dystopian society, even though its founders attempted to create a utopia Dystopia:
Hell on earth. A world or society where everything has gone horribly wrong. Utopia:
Paradise. A world or society where everything is perfect for everyone. Our next story focuses primarly on one man, named Equality 7-2521 Everyone in the "Anthem" society must learn for 15 years. After that, they go before the council of vocations to receive their jobs. This job they will have for life, until they either turn too old to work, or they die.

TIME FOR YOU ALL TO RECEIVE YOUR VOCATIONS.

Once you recieve your vocation, go to your new group. The desk you sit at will be your desk until the end of the quarter. The name at that desk will be your new name until the end of the quarter. Write your name on the line for your class period. Write your new name on all of the assignments that you turn in as well. MEMORIZE YOUR "Anthem" NAME! Remember: their society practices collectivism. They can have nothing for themselves. Even their names are not unique. Everyone is assigned a word and a number to designate who they are. As we read... You will be taking notes on conflicts. Pay attention to how these conflicts are presented in the story, and constantly think about how they help us understand the theme "Individual Choice vs. The Greater Good." Post Reading:
Characterize Equality 7-2521’s personality based on the indirect characterization method:
Speech, Thoughts, Effects, Actions, Looks.

How do you believe his personality affects his ability to “fit-in” with his society and their ideals? A trailer a day keeps confusion away!
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