Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut 1961
Journal Entry #4 • Imagine if everyone in the country were exactly the same, what would this look like? What would happen? • Make at least five predictions. Bullet points work fine for this journal. • Work silently at your desk and write until time is up
Kurt Vonnegut “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” Wrote numerous satire and science fiction pieces, including Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle Experience in World War II greatly influenced his work Four decades of art and writing—tackled controversial subjects and counter culture
UTOPIA • What is a utopia? • What do you think of when you hear this word? • What are some examples of utopia? • Fill out concept map to guide understanding.
An imagined place or state of being in which everything is perfect. Utopia Definition
Harrison Bergeron “The year is 2081, and everyone was finally equal.” What does the first line suggest? What has happened? What changes have taken place?
Handicap Create a working definition of this word in your own words. How does this relate to the story? Write on a piece of paper to turn in. (one per group)
Handicap How did having a handicap make you feel? What do you think the author of Harrison Bergeron was trying to say to his readers? What was the point of the story? What would happen if everyone was finally equal? Would society be better?
Post-Read Return to your journal entry #4. What predictions (if any) were proven true in the story?
Sci-Fi Journal #5 Have you ever been envious of a person? Whether they make better grades, are more gifted athletically, or for the way they look? Has anyone ever envied you? Think of one trait of yours that is above average. Now imagine you couldn’t show or use that trait. How would life be different?
Community Talk 1. Use names 2. Give eye contact 3. Raise hands 4. Use evidence 5. No judgment
Powerful Passage Reading • Highlightfour sections for eye contact • Underlinefour words for emphasis • Draw four vertical lines for pauses I • Remind yourself somewhere to S L O W D O W N • Remind yourself somewhere to SPEAK UP