Contemporary Dystopian Fiction Playlist

Instructional Playlists are individualized digital (hyperlinked) lessons and assignments for students to follow. Whereas a hyperdoc could be one lesson or inquiry unit, a playlist provides students directions for an entire unit. Students can work through these hyperdocs and play lists at their own pace. The teacher might provide dates to help students keep pace and not leave the assignments until the last day. Additionally, since every student gets a copy of the playlist on Google Classroom, the playlist can be individualized to support the diverse learners in your classroom.

This contemporary dystopian playlist is a three week unit that is driven by students reading and book club discussions. Playlists are perfect for blended learning classrooms. Playlists are like full lessons that involve combinations of whole group learning, online learning, face to face opportunities, online learning with individual collaboration and small group learning. When you enter my 8th grade ELA classroom students spend the first ten minutes of class time reading their contemporary dystopian text and then responding in their Reader’s Notebook. On Reading Workshop days students get longer reading time in the classroom. If we expect students to read we need to give them the time to read in our own classes. For this unit, since it is only three weeks we are focusing in on the setting of the dystopian society and characterization. Students will learn about the Hero’s Journey and types of dystopian controls. Students will have multiple opportunities to work in their book clubs to share their thinking about their reading and learn from one another.

If you are new to creating playlists and hyperdocs, note that packaging is key. Think about aesthetics and the visual effect of the playlist. Make sure the organization is simple, clear, and accessible to diverse learners. Provide opportunities for student collaboration and inquiry based learning. Try new approaches to student learning. So what are you waiting for? Try out a playlist with your next unit and let me know how it goes.

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2 thoughts on “Contemporary Dystopian Fiction Playlist

  1. aewkimball says:

    Hi, I am starting a Dystopian unit and this playlist looks perfect. Do you have it for sale? Thank you, Kristy

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    On Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 7:03 AM The Teaching Factor wrote:

    > The Teaching Factor posted: ” Instructional Playlists are individualized > digital (hyperlinked) lessons and assignments for students to follow. > Whereas a hyperdoc could be one lesson or inquiry unit, a playlist provides > students directions for an entire unit. Students can work thr” >

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words, I just posted it on my TpT store and you are welcome to purchase it. I have included additional materials in the hyperlinks to utilize with your students or personalize and make it your own based on the students in your classroom.

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