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Copy of Harrison Bergeron

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Students will read and analyze Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" in order to interpret theme and determine author's purpose.
All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
Which of these sentences from the text would NOT be an appropriate caption for this photograph?
a) THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal.

b) They weren't only equal before God and the law.

c) They were equal every which way.

d) Nobody was better looking than anybody else.
Comparing Print to Non-Print Text
Skimming which of these books would best prepare a reader to understand what the author describes in the opening paragraph of Harrison Bergeron?
Using Appropriate Pre-Reading Strategies
Using Appropriate
During-Reading Strategies
What is the main purpose of the information in the introductory paragraph of this story?
a) To show readers that the author is smart.

b) To trick readers into believing the constitution has been changed.

c) To introduce the story's protagonist.

d) To establish the setting of the story.
Analyzing Word Choice to Determine Author's Purpose
In the last sentence of the first paragraph, the phrase "unceasing vigilance" suggests:
a) The General was Handicapped

b) The General was very strict

c) The General was rather lazy

d) The General was not popular
Exploring How Author's Style Contributes to Author's Purpose
Which of these statements best explains the effect of repeating the words "equal" and "nobody" throughout the first paragraph?
a) The author suggests two key themes of the work.

b) The author shows readers that they are nobodies.

c) The author proves he is forgetful.

d) The author tries to confuse the audience.
vigilance (n.):
alert attention, watchfulness
George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn't be handicapped.
As George was thinking, a blasting noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts. George winced.
Her voice was a warm, luminous, timeless melody.
The picture showed the full length of Harrison against a background calibrated in feet and inches. He was exactly seven feet tall.
Can you identify a hindrance in this photo?
Screams and barking cries of consternation came from the television set.
Figure 1
Figure 2
Figure 1 is an example of symmetry.

There is no symmetry in Figure 2.
Ballerinas, technicians, musicians, and announcers cowered on their knees before him, expecting to die.
They listened to the music for a while-listened gravely, as though synchronizing their heartbeats with it.
* can you identify any past tense verb(s)?
Harrison Bergeron
By Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tonight's Homework:
Is it fair to give "participation" trophies to everyone who takes part in an activity, or should recognition only be awarded to those who win?

Defend your answer in a BCR.
Today, we're talking about:
Author's Purpose
a person who writes something
the reason behind an action
the reason why the author wrote this work
Author's Purpose =
the point the author is trying to make
the theme(s) the author wants to express
What does it mean to be "equal?"
What are some of the benefits of equality, and what are some of the possible drawbacks?

Defend your answer in a BCR.
Open your textbooks to page 21.
a) "A History of the United Kingdom"

b) "Look Like a Movie Star"

c) "The United States Constitution"

d) "Discovering the God Within"
Today's will focus on the opening paragraph of the story (page 21).
1. Both the photograph and the story's protagonist express all of these ideas EXCEPT:

a) ferocity

b) anger

c) rebellion

d) compromise
2. The author most likely uses the words “crippled, hobbled, sickened” in this passage to show:

a) The Handicapper General is ruthless
b) Harrison is very strong in spite of his handicaps
c) the handicaps are dangerous
d) The ruler is fearsome
"Even as I stand here" he bellowed, "crippled, hobbled, sickened - I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived!"
3. When the author says "It became their obvious intention to kiss the ceiling. They kissed it." he is suggesting that Harrison and the ballerina:

a) were madly in love
b) were exceptional dancers
c) were jumping with joy
d) were utterly delusional
4. In Harrison Bergeron, the author compares Harrison and the ballerina to:

a) the sound of a hammer
b) deer dancing on the moon
c) church bells on Sunday
d) a twenty one gun salute
5. In these lines, the author most likely uses the word "bargain" to suggest:

a) removing the balls would be a costly decision
b) each of the balls were very valuable
c) the balls were priceless in their own way
d) two thousand dollars was what each ball was worth
"Two years in prison and two thousand dollars fine for every ball I took out," said George. "I don't call that a bargain."
And she had to apologize at once for her voice, which was a very unfair voice for a woman to use. Her voice was a warm, luminous, timeless melody.
6. In this passage, the word "luminous" is used as a(n):

a) subject
b) modifier
c) object
d) verb
He finally gave up, handed the bulletin to a ballerina to read.
7. The main subject of this sentence is:

a) He
b) gave
c) bulletin
d) ballerina
Screams and barking cries of consternation came from the television set.
8. What is the subject of the word "came"

a) screams
b) barking
c) consternation
d) television set
9. In this sentence, which word is used as a modifier?

a) handicaps
b) looked
c) strong
d) Harrison
Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard.
10. After reading the story, it seems most likely that the editors' reason for including this photo in the textbook was to:
a) provide a shocking image
b) encourage readers to visit a museum
c) reiterate the theme of facing your fear
d) show a head being fitted with devices
11. Which of these should be revised to correct an incomplete sentence?
a) He was exactly seven feet tall.
b) Something real sad on television.
c) She was blindingly beautiful.
d) I shall now select my Empress!
12. Which of these revisions of the above item makes it a complete sentence?

a) George winced so did two out of the eight ballerinas.
b) George winced, so, did two out of the eight ballerinas.
c) George winced, and so did two out of the eight ballerinas.
d) George, winced and so did two out of the eight ballerinas.
George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas.
13. Which of these most effectively combines these ideas into one sentence?

a) Harrison Bergeron was a rebel who was seven feet tall.

b) Harrison, a seven foot tall rebel, shot Diana Moon Glampers

c) The rebel named Harrison Bergeron was shot by the seven foot Diana Moon Glampers.

d) Harrison Bergeron, a seven-foot tall rebel, was shot by Diana Moon Glampers.
Harrison Bergeron was a rebel.
Harrison was seven feet tall.
Diana Moon Glampers shot Harrison.
It became their obvious intention to kiss the ceiling. They kissed it.
14. This example contains a(n):

a) simile
b) onomatopoeia
c) metaphor
d) proper noun
15. Which feature most clearly identifies "Harrison Bergeron" as a short story?

a) the title of the text
b) the length of the text
c) the opening line of the text
d) the photos accompanying the text
Harrison Bergeron Quiz
Please number underneath your warm-up from 1-15.
Please pass your papers in at this time.
Hazel Bergeron
George Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron
The Ballerina
Put your name on the top of a blank sheet of paper.
When you see the next slide, please copy down EVERY WORD of the sentence as fast as you can.

A story's protagonist is also known as the main character.
When you see the next slide, please copy down EVERY WORD of the sentence as fast as you can.

The protagonist is the character that audiences hope will succeed.
Draw a horizontal line directly beneath your last writing effort.




Fair or Unfair?
Writing with our less dominant hand.
This made it more fair because everyone had to work twice as hard.
Exit Mini Essay:
Ten sentences = full credit.
What handicaps from today's story were the MOST fair? Why?

What handicaps from today's story were the LEAST fair? Why?

Do you think that the story presents a world that is MORE or LESS fair overall? Explain your reasoning!
A video message has been posted on your class blog. This video message will ask you to respond to a question that asks you to react to a specific image.

Please respond to the image by calling, writing, or making a video or voice recording.
On a the back of today's quiz, please be prepared to respond to three quick "stop-and-jot" writing prompts.
You will need to write ONE complete sentence for each stop-and-jot prompt.
Is it fair to make a smarter person wear a handicap radio in their ear?
Do you find it difficult to concentrate when someone is blowing a whistle while you read?
What is your impression of George and Hazel Bergeron?
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