Using Dystopian Literature in the Classroom: Lessons in Opportunity

Date: Tuesday February 13, 2018

Location: Gus A. Stavros Center, University of South Florida Tampa Campus, College of Education

Time: 5:30  –  8:30 pm (a light dinner will be served)

This workshop will explore the theme of opportunity as depicted in several dystopian stories.  Dystopian literature allows authors to criticize current society by implying that failure to change will tend toward a troubling tomorrow. On the other hand, it helps adolescent and young adult readers to find escape and hope in dealing with the challenges in their lives today.  We will provide lesson materials suitable for middle school and high school courses in English language arts and social studies.

 “You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin’ up. Plain and simple.” from Maze Runner by James Dashner

“I mean, it should be impossible—sometimes you don’t look very hard for things you don’t believe will or can happen.”  from Maze Runner by James Dashner

“The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.”  from Anthem by Ayn Rand

“And questions give us no rest. We know not why our curse makes us seek we know not what, ever and ever. But we cannot resist it. It whispers to us that there are great things on this earth of ours, and that we can know them if we try, and that we must know them.”   from Anthem by Ayn Rand

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”  from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”     from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Teachers will receive a FREE copy of one of the books used as well as additional curriculum resources.   Space is limited, so sign up early using the form below.