to identify future issues that are of concern to society and evaluate their importance.
1. Read “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” and “Harrison Bergeron”.
2. As a group brainstorm the issues that arise in these stories and list on the board.
3. Individually the students will prioritize the list from most to least important.
4. The students will discuss their choices and be prepared to explain why they prioritized as they did. Allow plenty of time for discussion and debate.
This is another example of a lesson that can be expanded upon depending on the interest of the class. For example, the students can compute percentages to determine what percent of the class prioritized an issue as their first concern, second, etc. Also, based on the list brainstormed, the class can develop a survey asking other people what they see as their concerns for the future. Once the surveys were distributed and collected, the possibilities for categorizing the information are many and varied,
., by age, sex, occupations, area of residence, etc. Reports summarizing the surveys can be written.