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					                        Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

                             Anticipation Guide




Directions: Do you think that Huxley’s book will contain the following opinions? Mark
true or false to the corresponding statements and be prepared to discuss your answers.

True False

____   ____          1. A society can only exist in family units.

____   ____          2. Happiness is something that can be controlled.

____   ____          3. Social class and distinction should be rigidly conformed to.

____   ____          4. History is essential and helpful knowledge for all people.

____   ____          5. Individuality should be expressed and prized by all.

____   ____          6. Real emotion only causes problems.

____   ____          7. Technology is not necessary for society to exist.

____   ____          8. Self discipline is very important.

____   ____          9. Literature should not be taken literally, or even read.

____   ____          10. Everyone should have some type of sexual standards or morals.

____   ____          11. It is best to teach children thoroughly, and at a young age.




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              Teacher’s Guide to Brave New World Anticipation Guide
                              True/False Statements

   1. A society can only exist in family units.
             This is false according to the book, but a good question for debate.

   2. Happiness is something that can be controlled.
            True; with the use of soma, citizens can control their happiness.

   3. Social class and distinction should be rigidly conformed to.
              Since all are conditioned to stay in their own social classes, there is tight
              conformity.

   4. History is essential and helpful knowledge for all people.
             This is false since only high officials have any books or knowledge of the
             past at all.

   5. Individuality should be expressed and prized by all.
             False; all characters strive to conform and talk badly about those who are
             different in any way.

   6. Real emotion only causes problems.
             True; when there is an outburst of emotion, soma is taken, and John
             expresses his true emotions constantly and ends up taking his own life.

   7. Technology is not necessary for society to exist.
            This can be argued either way, but without technology, the society in the
            text could not exist or function as it does.

   8. Self discipline is very important
              True and false; according to John, it is the only way he can redeem
              himself, but other characters show no self control or discipline.

   9. Literature should not be taken literally, or even read.
              True; once again, only high officials have books, except for John, who
              takes literature too much to heart according to the text.

   10. Everyone should have some type of sexual standards or morals.
             False; the society in the text functions without any sort of morals and
             when John does exhibit some, it ends in disaster.

   11. It is best to teach children thoroughly, and at a young age.
                True; although how they go about this in the book is by conditioning.




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                           Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
                                  Anticipation Guide

Purpose: The anticipation guide (Smith 1978) helps students to start making predictions
about a text, and therefore start to become emotionally invested before they have even
opened the book. It will give them an idea of themes that are to come in the text and
have a chance to explore their opinions on those themes. Class discussion will encourage
active reasoning skills as students attempt to give reasons and examples for their
predictions.

Rationale: This anticipation guide will be completed before starting the book and will
therefore give students an idea of what to expect and allow them to start thinking about
some controversial issues. It will also help them to relate the text to their own lives by
allowing them to think about these certain circumstances being present in their lives and
what their opinions on that are.

Steps:
         1. Hand out anticipation guides to students and allow around ten minutes for
            them to read and complete the worksheet. Explain that they are basing their
            answers on what they think will be in the book, not their own personal
            opinions. Allow them the option to write their reasoning for answers on the
            back of the paper if they would like.

         2. Have students pair up with the person next to them and discuss each answer
            along with their reasoning for at least five minutes.

         3. Pairs now find another pair to compare answers and reasons with. Each group
            of four should choose a statement they all agree with, disagree with, or have
            the most varied reasons behind their choice. Elect a group representative and
            come back together as a class after five minutes.

         4. Class discussion is held with each group having a representative explain
            which question they chose and the reasons for their choice. This will allow
            students to see the many different outlooks, and realize that these statements
            are controversial and can be approached from carrying perspectives.

Assessment: Students will write one other opinion, not discussed in class, on the back of
their anticipation guide, which they think Huxley might have incorporated into Brave
New World. This is to help them make connections with the opinions previously
discussed in class and to make predictions from the discussions.




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