Class Agenda #37 – “Harrison Bergeron” Burger


Timer- “Head Over Heels” -Tears For Fears (1985, 4:23)                                                                                            

Prompts- Now that we’ve finished Harrison Bergeron, think about your strengths and weaknesses. How would you be handicapped? How would others around be handicapped?

examples- you’d all have to wear a big cone on your nose to make me feel better about mine.

I’d have to shave my head to make the teachers who are the losing their hair feel better.  

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- Hamburger Organizer

What’s going on in this story?


  • Mini-Lesson

  • What are some human qualities the author highlights as characteristics that would give one person an “unfair advantage” over someone else? What did the U.S. Handicapper General do to counter these traits in order to establish equality amongst all? Cite specific examples from the text.

Class Work-

Discussion Questions- CHOOSE 1 – Use the organizer to answer in your notebook.

  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 Harrison’s rebellion reveal his character and his values? Support your opinion with evidence from the text.

    HW Reminder– 

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

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