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ENG3U1 Culminating. AKA The Main Event. The Brass Tacks. The following are the required elements of your culminating activity: A reader’s diary (8 entries, one page each, process of reading and gathering ideas) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


ENG3U1 Culminating

ENG3U1 CulminatingAKA The Main EventThe Brass TacksThe following are the required elements of your culminating activity:A readers diary (8 entries, one page each, process of reading and gathering ideas)A comparative essay (4-6 pages double spaced, 3 secondary sources, 2 direct quotations)A short presentation (5-7 minutes, creative/media component, alternate theme)These elements must be based around a dystopian novel of your choosing and a media component that you deem fit for comparisonThe media component can be connected to the novel through direct interpretation or a thematic/cultural commonality youd like to exploreRemember, the argument you create in your comparative essay should go past pointing out the differences and similarities between two products, and should strive to find an element of purpose in those similarities and differencesFor this reason, choosing your novel and media is an important taskOther important datesReaders Diary:May 31st

Comparative Essay:June 14th

Presentations:June 1st-June 12thMay 1st: Culminating Begins

May 2nd-20th: Reading and Research

May 21st-31st: Teacher Conferences

The Short ListSuggested Novels and TopicsThe Handmaids Tale By Margaret Atwood

Snapshot:A bleak future where procreation has become increasingly difficult, and fertile women are forced to serve as Handmaids, carriers of childrenExplores major themes of gender identity, religious based totalitarian regimes, how women gain power and agency in society

1984 By George Orwell

Snapshot:A society constantly at war and needing means to control their citizens implements a regime that seeks to oppress all free thought through often violent meansExplores major themes of nationalism, free thought and control, surveillance and censorship, and individualityA Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess

Snapshot:A near future society that is plagued with youth violence and rebellion is profiled through the eyes of one such youth before he becomes a prisoner of the state and subjected to their means of influenceExplores major themes of youth culture, linguistics, human violence, free will and the reduction of free will to create stabilityFahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

Snapshot:A society where free thought has been completely eliminated, and the job of a fireman is not to extinguish fires, but rather to burn all houses that contain booksExplores major themes of individuality and conformity, the control of individuals by mass media, the importance of literatureV For Vendetta By Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Snapshot:In a fascist England after a nuclear war has destroyed most of the world, an anarchist revolutionary wearing a Guy Fawkes mask begins a campaign to overthrow the ruling party and bring power back to the peopleExplores major themes of anarchism and rebellion, fascism and control, the nature of identityWorld War Z By Max Brooks

Snapshot:A collection of individual accounts that form an oral history of the zombie war which plagued the nation ten years earlier, showing the geopolitical effect of the warMajor themes include oral history and retelling of events, survivalism and fear, and the place of zombies in our cultureThe Road By Cormac McCarthy

Snapshot:A father and his young son travel across a desolate landscape in a post-apocalyptic world encountering the devolution of humanity in a world where almost all life has been destroyedMajor themes include isolationism, family and the individual, modern environmentalismNever Let Me Go By Kazuo Ishiguro


The Children of Men By PD James

Snapshot:In the near future male sperm counts have plummeted to zero with the last child being born close to 30 years prior, leaving a totalitarian government to try and police its citizens who are increasingly more disillusioned with their livesMajor themes include gender and sexuality, youth and experience, and the nature of religionThe Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

Snapshot:Katniss kills people with a bow and arrow, Peeta makes cakes and somehow also is able to create full special effects makeup as a result, President Frost is Jack Bauers fatherMajor themes include Jennifer Lawrence being both beautiful and talented and how to rip off an already insanely popular Japanese cult classic for corporate gainARE YOU KIDDING ME?NO HUNGER GAMES!