The S5/6 pupils have been inflicted with the following piece of homework for the February break.
Unfortunately for our purposes, the Communication Core Skills unit needs the pupils to read a non-fiction piece, so after the break they will get a short reading assessment on one of the technologies mentioned at the start of the book.
The activities we will be doing are quite brief but there is a teaching guide available with more ideas.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Things to do:
1. Read chapters 1 and 2 (pages 1-26 in English)
2. List the technology Marcus describes.
e.g. RFID (Radio-frequency identification)
Things to think about:
1. Marcus says that he’s “one of the most surveyed people in the world”. Compare the school Marcus describes to your own in terms of surveillance, discipline, and student-teacher relationships.
2. In what year or decade do you think Little Brother takes place?
Do you think the story could happen today? Why or why not?