The Chrysalids invites readers to take a good look at how fear can shape & manipulate society. People living in a "culture of fear " often suffer the effects of one or many of the following:
- Brutality & murder
- Casting away “imperfect” people
- Control of knowledge
- Heavy handed enforcement of tradition
- Individuals doing the unethical state work
- Innocents tossed out like garbage
- Sacrifice of children
- Living outside the law to maintain humanity / family
- Rigid beliefs, threatened by new ideas
- Safety within & betrayal of family to state
- Threat to the natural environment & biodiversity
- Us versus Them mentality
- photo credit
Step one: online, individual
After being assigned a group & theme, read & watch the online resources. Take notes using the attached sheets for text & images. Download Note collection sheet
Step Two: group
Share your notes & insights - create a 3 - 5 minute group presentation about your case study to share with the class (what, when, where, who, why & how you were affected). (10 marks)
Step Three: Individual reflection log book: (75 marks – 15 per entry)
Read the required chapters. (Check the reading schedule.) Then, with your “fear” theme and the chapters you have read in mind, scan the daily news to find examples of stories in the news that mirror or parallel events fromthe Chrysalids. Use your article to complete your individual log.
Keep an individual log in the format below. The log must be typed. All 3 columns must be filled out.
Title: Chrysalids Chapters ________ Theme: ________________________
Quote from Chrysalids or brief description of event(s).
Include page numbers.
Summary of a current news story that connects to the theme your group has chosen and, if you have seen evidence of the theme in the chapters read, to the quote you have chosen. Attach a copy of the text or image from news. Cite sources with Citation Machine.
Comments for discussion. Make the connection between your theme, the quote you have chosen, and the news story you have found.
Hand in your log sheet and your article each day for a completion mark. It will be returned to you promptly. Once we finish reading the novel, you must hand in all reflections in a duo tang.
You can either consult the print newspapers in the library, or on-line. The Sun, The Province and the Globe and Mail are on the podium near the check-out desk. Here are on-line suggestions.
- TriCity News . Coquitlam NOW
- CBC British Columbia
- Vancouver Sun
- CKNW 980
- CBC . Radio-Canada
- Globe and Mail
- Guardian Unlimited (UK)
- New York Times
- Huffington Post (liberal American blog aggregator)
- Reuters . BBC . CNN
- Fox vs Nation
- Aljazeera vs Haaretz
Step Four: Final group project or essay(100 marks)
Create a living breathing presentation relating the Chrysalids to today’s world. Each group will have a maximum of 10 minutes. You must use quotes from the novel & communicate the connections. Be creative & engaging (e.g. a dramatic presentation, a computer generated presentation, or a concrete, visual creation.) Anything but stand and read from a piece of paper or a powerpoint.
Teacher evaluation of group project: (60 marks)
- Quotes show consideration of the entire novel
- Connections between quotes and world events are reasonable, timely and respectful
- Visual components are completed with the viewer in mind
Presentation: (30 marks)
- Engaging – you do not simply read from notes or powerpoint
- Creative – you have presented in a way that is individual and imaginative
- Organized and confident
Student evaluation of group project: (10 marks)
- In an individual written composition, evaluate yourself & your group. Describe the group process, both successes and frustrations, including the sharing of the workload. What worked really well? What didn’t work well? What parts of your work do you like best? Be specific. (250-500 words)
Criteria for evaluation of composition:
Written in paragraphs
Shows clear evidence of revision and editing
Written respectfully and honestly about the contributions of all group members, including concrete details
Essay - Download Chrysalids essay
The Chrysalids – Final essay project
Yes. You’ve finished reading the novel. Next step? Write an essay exploring the theme you have focused on in the novel, and connecting it to current events.
Question: How is The Chrysalids relevant to today’s world?
Assignment: In at least a five-paragraph essay, discuss the theme you focused on and explain the connections you make between the novel and current events.
- Step 1: Quickwrite – write ½ to a full page explaining what theme you explored, and how it developed through the novel.
- Step 2: Select at least two news articles from those you have collected that you think most relevant and interesting in relation to the novel.
- Step 3: Draft a thesis statement. Write it on the graphic organizer provided. (Remember you are answering the question written above; you will use the research you have already done to support your thesis.)
- Step 4: Draft an outline of your support paragraphs on the graphic organizer:
- Write a topic sentence containing a controlling idea for each of your potential support paragraphs. Each support paragraph must relate to the thesis. At least two of the paragraphs need to refer to your news articles, and make the connection between the novel, your theme, and the article. How does the article connect with the novel? Be specific in your connections. Mention both the novel and the article in each paragraph.
- In point form, list the evidence you may use to support your controlling ideas.
- Step 5: Write a draft of the entire essay from beginning to end.
- Step 6: Revise using STAR strategies. Word process the essay. Cite the sources you have used. (We’ll talk about this.)
- Step 7: Print out a copy of the essay. Use a pen to revise this draft using “STAR strategies. Make changes on computer.
- Step 8: Prepare final draft of essay.
- Step 9: Prepare ‘Works cited’ page.
- Step 10: Arrange all work in a duotang.
Evaluation: all work must be submitted in the following order in a duotang. Plan ahead; purchase a duotang now!
5 marks deducted if not evident
Table of contents
- Items listed on left, page #’s on right – 5 marks
- Pages in duotang numbered –
10 deducted if not evident
Final draft of essay
- Ideas / content
- Ideas are relevant and interesting. (Remember to support each point with evidence, and explain how your evidence supports your point.)
- You have discussed your theme as it is seen in the novel, and connected least two news articles you have found to the novel.
- You have used at least three direct quotations.
- thesis and controlling statements establish key words
- paragraphs develop arguments logically, repeat key words, use sufficient detail
- transition words used effectively
- individual and engaging
- strong sense of audience and purpose
- Word choice
- powerful and engaging words convey the intended impression in a precise, interesting and natural way
- Sentence fluency
- well-crafted sentences with varied length and structure create a rhythmical flow
- work demonstrates mastery of standard writing conventions; some errors may result from risking
Graphic outline of essay
First complete draft of essay – may be handwritten or wordprocessed.
Second complete draft of essay – must be word processed, 12 point font, double spaced. This printed copy should show handwritten revisions you considered for the next draft. If you write more than the three required drafts, include the extra ones here.
Log entries for all chapters – include the articles as well
Works cited – alphabetized, and in proper format
- Friday, May 6 – Complete steps 1 – 4 for Monday, May 9.
- Monday, May 9 – Complete step 5 in class if possible
- Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 & 11 – Step 6 - 7 (aim to arrive to class with a word processed draft on Thursday
- Thursday & Friday May 12 & 13 – arrive in class with Step 8 complete
- bring final draft for final editing in class
- we will verify that Step 9 is completed correctly