Huxley's famous dystopian novel is a fantastic choice for senior fiction studies. This 75-page unit of work has been tested successfully with a mixed-ability Year 11 (age 16-17) class. It focuses oin textual analysis and engagement with questions of social and political philosophy. There is a comprehensive, illustrated introduction to issues of industrialisation, sexual freedom, and political authoritarianism which affected Huxley's world and continue to affect us.
There are 80+ writing tasks of different lengths and types, which allow teachers to differentiate for a mixed-ability group.
Each 3-chapter section is accompanied by an extension reading which engages with the relevant philosophical topic. Readings range from Hobbes and Rousseau on human nature to Admiral Moreel on bread and circuses.
The unit can be printed for students who prefer hard copy, or presented digitally.
Ten essay questions suitable for senior high schoolers can be used as the basis of assessment.