Lesson Plan

Totalitarianism and Utilitarianism

The research of government systems in Anthem
Objectives

Students will be able to...

By the end of this lesson, students will know the functions and structure of a Totalitarian Government as well as Utilitarianism and how it connects to the novel, Anthem, by Ayn Rand.

Along with these concepts, students will work on a short write, working with the standard for range of writing standard.

Subjects
English Language Arts
discussion
literature
writing clearly
Grades 9 - 10
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Nearpod

Create a slideshow through nearpod; this will require that you create an account. It is free. Keep in mind that you can create quizzes, polls, open-ended questions, etc. 

Each student should have a laptop or tablet of some sort, students can share.

 

Student Instructions

Log into a laptop, put in pin, participate in activities

2 WebQuest

Have students follow the links and learn about each type of government system. It is up to you to have them write them down, present, etc. 

Student Instructions

Follow the links and write down important aspects of each government and how they may be similar or different

3 Trolley Problem

Use the Trolley Problem to create a discussion. First, have students write down their reactions and what they would do in the scenario. Then, have them participate in a discussion defending their choice. A fishbowl seems like it would be a good idea, since it only allows the four in the middle to actually speak. The outer ring of students has to wait until they become a part of the fishbowl to speak. 

Have them keep in mind that they do not know anyting of the five people or the oe person on the tracks. All they know is that the people on the tracks are stuck and unable to move. 

Student Instructions

Read the problem about the trolley. Without speaking, take five minutes to write down how you would respond in this situation. You only have two choices: Either pull the switch, or don't. Only you would know if you did or did not. Keep in mind that you know nothing of the people on the tracks. 

4 Fishbowl

Activity: Conversing

In a fishbowl discussion, four chairs or desks are pulled to the middle of the room and all others are pushed out. Four students take the seats in the middle and start the discussion. If a student on the outer ring wishes to speak, he must first raise his hand and have a seat given to him. The person who gives up the seat moves to the outside of the classroom. If a student is not in the fishbowl- the four desks- then they are not able to speak.

Student Instructions

In a fishbowl discussion, four chairs or desks are pulled to the middle of the room and all others are pushed out. Four students take the seats in the middle and start the discussion. If a student on the outer ring wishes to speak, he must first raise his hand and have a seat given to him. The person who gives up the seat moves to the outside of the classroom. If a student is not in the fishbowl- the four desks- then they are not able to speak.