In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel
Subject: Re; QuestionFrom: Sukatunkb@aol.com
Date: Tue Mar 21 2000 - 09:48:10 EST
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I use Brave New World with my seniors to set the stage for the rest of the
term. I always hope for the emotional response to the first few chapters as
the children are being trained in sexual gamesmanship and the explanation of
the cloning unfolds. I try to emphasize that even though they are shocked by
this, we are moving toward a brave new world of our own extremely quickly.
I divide them into 3 groups and have each defend one of the following
societies (as members of the society): Brave New World, our own society or
the reservation society. It's great fun when I switch the groups around a
number of chapters later and they have to defend a different society. This
does help them to define the values that they have. They tend to be somewhat
conservative in my little rural school, but I live in Boulder, Colorado, and
because that is a college town we tend to be a bit more liberal. I spend a
lot of time in culture shock.
Anyway, I always find that BNW offers wonderful bridges to current realities
and allows them a chance to consider some extremely important questions about