Wednesday Wisdom from a DP recommended read – Oryx and Crake

11 Jun

Wednesday wisdom this week comes from a DP recommended read:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. McClelland & Stewart (2003), Bloomsbury (2003) & Doubleday (2003)

  • ISBN-10: 1844080285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844080281
  • Book 1 of the MaddAddam trilogy (book 3: ‘MaddAddam’ is expected to be published in September 2013)
  • Dystopian fiction; post-apocalyptic fiction; thriller; suspense; adventure

Five reasons why will DP students should read this novel:

  1. Oryx and Crake is a post-apocalyptic allegory of a future world ravaged by global warming, technology and human engineering.  These are all topics that students are exposed to across their curriculum, and these usually give uninhibited imaginative license for students to discuss what the future may bring.
  2. Atwood’s brilliant symbolism which is clever yet accessible for teenage readers.
  3.  The plot twists.  Students will literally gasp aloud at several points in the novel.
  4. The hybrid animals.  Pigoons, Rakunks and Wolvogs…ask your students to imagine different combinations of hybrids; a great lesson starter.
  5. The potential for assessment in the DP Literature or Literature and Langauge programme.
    • Superb potential for an imaginative Written Assignment or an Individual Oral Presentation
    • Has an array of passages that could be used for the Individual Oral Commentary
    • Rich in content for an analytical essay (paper II)
    • Many opportunities for making links with Theory of Knowledge
Wednesday Wisdom from Margaret Atwood

Wednesday Wisdom from Margaret Atwood


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