Class Agenda #36 – “Harrison Bergeron” Part 1


Timer- “I Wish” -Slee-Lo (1995, 4:09)                                                                                            

Prompt- What are some of your best qualities as a person? What do you like about yourself?

Or- what are somethings you wish you were better at?

Examples- My brain works pretty quick, I have a good sense of timing. I have pretty good hands and balance. I’m not ugly.

  • Share with your partner
  • Partner shares partner


SLT- I can write an objective summary of life in the extreme environments portrayed in “Harrison Bergeron.”

SLT- I can cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

SLT- I can identify key elements of a dystopian society and evaluate an author’s purpose for creating one in fiction.

SLT- I can visualize and reread portions of difficult text.

Circle the Verbs, Underline the nouns.

Grapple Text- Read “Harrison Bergeron” By Kurt Vonnegut

What’s going on in this story?


-an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
  • Mini-Lesson
  • What is a dystopia and why do fiction writers create them?
  • Why do people like to read about them?
  • Last week we read “The Lottery” – this was like dipping our toe in dystopian literature. Today we go a little deeper.
  • Harrison Bergeron is a difficult text and one of the tricks to understanding and enjoying difficult texts is to visualize and reread certain parts that are tougher to understand.

Read Aloud- “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut

Reread- When you have to.

  • Opening paragraph.
  • George and Hazel’s handicaps.
  • The Ballerinas.

Stop and Sketch-

  • George and Hazel on the couch.
  • The Ballerina Performance


Class Work-

Continue reading “Harrison Bergeron” on your own.

  • Reread sections when you have to

  • Stop and Sketch at least 2 more times.

Discussion Questions-

  1. Describe the state of The United States Society as laid out in the first paragraph. How has equality been achieved?

  2. Consider the characters George and Hazel. Why isn’t Hazel handicapped? What do George’s handicaps reveal about him?

  3. How does George feel about his handicaps?



HW Reminder– 

  • Homework starts tonight. 30 Minutes of Reading, 2-3 Sentence Reaction/Summary, 1 Page of Independent Writing 

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