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From: Sukatunkb@aol.com
Date: Tue Mar 21 2000 - 09:48:10 EST

  • Next message: Julia Shugert: "Re: Question"

    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
    the future.

     

       



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