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Dystopian literature teacher resources

Dystopian Literature - Notes & Workbook


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This is an editable senior textbook and workbook in one about the features and purposes of dystopian literature and can be used both before and after studying your class dystopian text.  The booklet comes in Microsoft PowerPoint (resized as an A4 document should you wish to print parts of it) and can easily be uploaded to your Google Drive if you prefer. This product also includes a PowerPoint presentation for teachers to display on their big screens to better enable class discussions around aspects of what students are working on from the booklet.  The PowerPoint is available to view here.  Alternatively, the booklet could be assigned for students to work on at their own pace in class or at home.


The last part of the booklet encourages further learning with ideas and a few resources regarding next steps that can ‘fall from’ the study of dystopian literature and a class text.  This learning includes writing their own short story, making connections across texts, and investigating hypotheses. 


There is a hyperlinked table of contents page which students can return to easily by clicking on the icons at the top right of any page.


The booklet covers:

  • The origins and meaning of ‘dystopia’
  • The features of dystopian literature
  • Activity 1: Note-taking activities on videos students watch about dystopian literature
  • Notes about three iconic dystopian texts plus links to lists of common dystopian texts
  • Activity 2:  Students create an infographic about what they know so far about dystopian texts.
  • Dystopia’s opposite – Utopia
  • Activity 3:  Discuss the connection between dystopia and utopia
  • The development of the protagonist
  • Activity 4:  The development of the protagonist in a text you’ve studied
  • Activity 5:  Strengths and flaws of the protagonist
  • Activity 6:  Heroes and solutions
  • Speculative fiction
  • Activity 7:  Our burning issues
  • Purpose
  • By the way – a look at reality, science fiction and allegory
  • Why so popular?
  • Story structure
  • Activity 8:  Story structure (of the text students may have studied)
  • Language (written)
  • Film techniques
  • Activity 9:  Language in my studied text
  • Activity 10 Iconic Dystopian Texts
  • Where to from here?
    • Write a story:  What’s your ‘what if…?’
    • Making connections
    • Hypotheses for investigation
    • Critical reading around purpose and idea


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