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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Mind Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Pixton Lesson Plan on Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Main Characters

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • John from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    John

    The Director and Linda’s son, the only major character to have grown up outside of the World State

  • Bernard Marx from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Bernard Marx

    An Alpha male who fails to fit in because he is short

  • Helmholtz Watson from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Helmholtz Watson

    An Alpha lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering

  • Lenina Crowne from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Lenina Crowne

    A vaccination worker at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre

  • Mustapha Mond from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Mustapha Mond

    One of only ten World Controllers

  • Fanny Crowne from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Fanny Crowne

    Lenina’s friend

  • Henry Foster from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Henry Foster

    One of Lenina’s many lovers

  • Linda from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Linda

    John’s mother, and a Beta

  • The Director from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The Director

    Administrates the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre

  • The Arch-Community-Songste from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The Arch-Community-Songste

    A secular, shallow equivalent of an archbishop in the World State society

  • Popé from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Popé

    Linda’s lover on the New Mexico Savage Reservation

  • The Warden from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The Warden

    The talkative chief administrator for the New Mexico Savage Reservation

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Teacher Guide

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Step 1Class discussion with students

Generate a class discussion:

  • If you wanted to have a baby, and had the chance to make your child genetically smarter, would you do it? Think about the implications if everyone had that option. Who would get it? Who wouldn’t? How would society change?
  • Briefly review Pavlov’s theory of conditioning. He did it with dogs, but it also applies to people all the time. Think of examples.
  • What role do emotions, desires, and relationships play in our society? How does this affect our actions?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Start at the beginning of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Comic Strip, Mind Map, or ...
    Imagery

    Complete after reading Chapter 3.

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  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel using one panel to represent each chapter (18 total).

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create an advertisement Poster for The World State.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Compare and contrast our society with that of Brave New World. Are there any parts of the novel’s society that you would like to adopt? If so, which? Then discuss the implications of that in all parts of society (for example, sexual practices, which would change the way we view romantic relationships, and intimacy, and therefore friendships, our dependency on other people, and so on).

NOTE : It's important to discuss how teens can manage conflict in their daily lives. Suicide is a serious topic and should be addressed with your class. Create an open discussion in which the class can share their ideas on the topic, or have the students write a paragraph on whether suicide is an acceptable decision.

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Pixton Activity: Brave New World 1 Character Map

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  • Character Map

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the novel's characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative. Novels often contain “Foil Characters” whose main values differ from that of the protagonist.

Instructions

Choose four of your favorite characters from the novel Brave New World and create a Character Map for each one.

  • Make sure to include a protagonist and a foil character among your selection.
  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character's attributes that are outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Brave New World 2 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Mind Map

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Create a comic using 1-5 panels, and choose one of the three scenes below to illustrate. Be sure to read the chosen section of the book carefully, paying attention to details.

  • The infant nursery (Chapter 2)
  • The director showing the Beta children's dormitory (Chapter 2)
  • Mond explaining life before the World State began (Chapter 3)

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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Pixton Activity: Brave New World 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Four major themes in Brave New World are:

  • The use of technology to control society
  • The consumer society
  • The incompatibility of happiness and truth
  • The dangers of an all-powerful state

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two examples in the novel and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the chapter in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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