"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
Lesson plans and learning activities
Kurt Vonnegut Remembered
In this NPR audio file, Vonnegut talks to Fresh Air host Terry Gross "about writing, censorship, and the experience of war."
Quotations by Kurt Vonnegut
An assortment of one-liners.
So It Goes: Examining the Life of Author Kurt Vonnegut
"In this lesson, students will consider how events, accomplishments, and beliefs shaped Kurt Vonnegut's body of work by creating one-pagers. They will then examine the factors that shape their own lives and create one-pagers about themselves."
At this site find a downloadable teacher guide and a video version of the story. The DVD is available to teachers free of charge by joining the organization Izzit, which is also free.
Connecting 1984 to Today
This unit plan includes a lesson that uses "Harrison Bergeron" as an introduction to Dystopian Literature. The lesson starts on p. 7. It includes essential questions, pre-reading writing task, discussion questions, and a follow-up activity. 17 pages in the whole document; Adobe Reader required.
This unit plan includes essential questions, text of the story, extensive discussion questions and supporting video, ideas for writing.
Text of the story.
Summary, themes, suggestions for approaches in the classroom.
Worksheet, vocabulary practice, and links to online texts.
"Harrison Bergeron" Lesson Plan
Students are assigned specific handicaps for a classroom activity and then write about their experience. 2 pages (including handicaps); Adobe Reader required.
"Harrison Bergeron" Reading Activities
Two pre-reading, 2 during-reading, 3 post-reading, and 1 extension activity. Two pages; Adobe Reader required.
Kurt Vonnegut, "Harrison Bergeron"
An excellent set of study/discussion questions to accompany the story.
Launchpad: "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Background materials and discussion questions. Click on the videos to hear editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub converse with guest host James W. Ceaser about the story.
Students note details as they read. Includes text-dependent questions, vocabulary words, a culminating task, and additional learning activities. Word processor required for access.
The Pros and Cons of Discussion
Students use a Discussion Web to respond to the question, "Are people equal?," analyzing all sides of the response, forming a consensus, and presenting it to the class. Free writeing, a persuasive essay, computer activities, and an informal class debate help students extend and apply knowledge.