We have spent much class time reading, discussing, dissecting the short story, Harrison Bergeron. The students had several writing assignments regarding Harrison Bergeron such as "What was your reaction to the ending of the story?", "Outline three alternate endings to Harrison Bergeron" and "Write and Alternate Ending to Harrison Bergeron". We had a Alternate Ending to Harrison Bergeron SLAM and the students' endings were superlative! Many of the endings, were original in thought, concisely written, and thought provoking. This was a very interesting and informative unit of study regarding EQUALITY.
We will be studying modern wars for Veterans' Day.
We continue to read Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut. We continue to discuss this short story thoroughly, as we examine the difference between equality of outcome and equality of opportunity. Your student's contribution to our discuss are thoughtful, convincing with cites from the story. We will be finished with the story by next week.
The sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be studying the broad concept of Civics for the first portion of this semester. We have started discussing the United States as a country of laws and how they afford us basic Human Rights. Later, we will be investigating the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Youth and how different countries around the world are providing those rights to their youth.
To begin this unit of study, the students are reading the short story, Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut. This thought provoking short story asks the students to examine how the promotion of equality that pertains to individual rights in a society that has taken equality to its furthest extent, violate human rights, so prominently.
We will also be reading the short story, The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, by Ursula Le Guin. Another thought provoking story story that will ask the students to examine the question of can you be the recipient of human rights at the expense on another?