Saturday, November 5, 2011

November/December Book-of-the-Month

November-December Book-of-the-Month Assessment
Answer five of these questions about your Book-of-the-Month book.  Don’t forget to use specific details, examples, and description from the book in your answers.

The Setting:
What is the setting – place- time?
What is the setting – government, society, community?
       What is good about it?
        What is bad about it?
The People:
    How do the people live?
The Rulers:
          Who rules?
How much power do they have?
If they live differently from most of the people, how are      their lives different?
The main character:
How does the main character find himself/herself in conflict with society?
Does he or she fight against the society?  How?
The Theme or Message:
What  does this book teach about how life could or should be lived?
--- about what is of value in life?
--- about how to balance freedom and security?
--- about what governments should or should not do?


 For suggested books and other additional information, see the tab above for Book-of-the-Month.

As you read, watch for how you learn about what the characters are like, what themes are emphasized in the book, and what the setting is (especially what sort of society/government the people live under).   What do they have that is good and that we might want in our society?  What things that we value have they given up? 

 Collect data: quotes, descriptive and other details, examples,

Compare the society in your book with our own contemporary American society

type of government
who rules
How much power do they have?
lives of the rulers (the people in charge)
types of rules governing the society

What are the supposed goals of the government?
Many distopian societies are attempting to create some kind of perfect society by eliminating problems that we experience in our current society.  What was this distopian society trying to do, and how successful are they?  What problems have they created in the attempt?

How much freedom do the people have?
everyday lives of the people