The Novel Project
For this project, you will be reading a classic utopian/dystopian novel with a group of your peers. You will create a dialectical journal, participate in group discussions about your novel, you will write an essay about your novel.
This assignment requires that you keep pace with your peers and meet your responsibilities to yourself and your group members. I expect nothing other than the utmost academic maturity over the course of this project.
You will be assigned one of the following novels:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, British/American
1984 by George Orwell, British
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, American
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick, American
In your group, you will divide the book into 10 parts and will read up to your assigned parts by the pre-set deadlines on the calendar. Only 10 people maximum may read the same book.
The Dialectical Journal
Since you will be writing a paper on this book, it will be imperative that you begin taking notes on possible scenes and quotations you might plan to use in your paper. Your dialectical journal entries should consist of your reactions, thoughts, extensions, etc., but should extensively focus on gathering information to help you respond to the essay prompt (below).
As you read the novel, you will be required to participate in small group discussions. These will be conducted Socratic style. You will take notes during the discussions for accountability. You must be prepared for discussions to participate.
Literary Analysis- Compose an essay that addresses the question:
How does your dystopian literary work reinforce Plato’s concept of the “Allegory of the Cave?” How has one or more characters in your novel escaped or failed to escape the chains of “the cave?”
The essay should be 900-1200 words in length and be typed, double spaced, in Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Avoid plot summary. Keep it interesting. Also be sure to include direct examples from the text to support your claims. This essay should consist of a central argument/claim that you defend with evidence from the text. DO NO OUTSIDE RESEARCH. This essay is to be your own thoughts. I am not interested in the thoughts of others, however, you may use your in class discussions to help you develop your ideas.