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Hi.

I'm a high school English teacher who has taught in Title 1 schools for the majority of my career. Disillusioned by the high demands and apathy displayed by my students, I started creating lessons that were high interest and engaging for even the most indifferent student. I realized that if I had once felt burnt out and hopeless, other teachers were feeling the same. It is my hope that Room 2209 can be a lifeline to teachers who are struggling or just looking for something new.

Teaching Collectivism and Individualism for Anthem by Ayn Rand

Teaching Collectivism and Individualism for Anthem by Ayn Rand

The two philosophies of collectivism and individualism are heavy throughout Anthem by Ayn Rand. When I decided to teach this book, I researched both ideas and knew that if I wanted the kids to understand these heavy concepts, I was going to have to simplify and condense.

And what better way to simplify and condense then pictures!?

As the kids came in, I had this picture of V from V from Vendetta on the board:

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Those that have already seen the movie knew the reference, and it got the wheels turning.

I then showed the kids several pictures of people doing things alone. With some discussion they were able to grasp the theme that I was going for.

I switched over to several pictures of people doing things in groups. This one was easier to get at because they could already see the patterns we were making.

Then I gave them the definitions for individualism and collectivism. They wrote them down in their notebooks. We discussed a little and by the end they understood that the basic tenants of each represented opposite ideals: we do what’s best for the group vs. we do what’s best for the individual.

Time for assessment. I had them watch the November 5th Speech from the movie V for Vendetta. Actually, we watched it a few times so that they could catch everything, even the Hitleresque iconography. I also wanted them to analyze his cadence (it is a good example of pathos)… and by the third time it becomes really obvious. I created a handout for them with open ended questions where they had to use text evidence so that I could really access their comprehension.

If you’re interested in the handout I created, you can find it here.

Happy Teaching!

Helping Students to Remember What We've Read

Helping Students to Remember What We've Read

If I Could Get Away With It: Movie Edition | Borat

If I Could Get Away With It: Movie Edition | Borat