Objective: A Canticle for Leibowitz takes the reader into a future perspective, looking back on the past from a different point of view. The objective of this lesson is for students to understand how perspective can change people's interpretation of events.
1) Discuss with the class Brother Francis' interpretation of the fallout shelter that he finds. Why does he misinterpret the sign? Why does he misunderstand what "fallout" is?
2) Show the class a TV news clip describing a recent event, with the sound turned off. Have students work in groups to create descriptions of how an alien from another world, who did not speak Earth languages or understand Earth culture, would interpret the news clip. Have the groups share their descriptions with the class.
3) After a group shares its description with the class, have the class discuss what that group's alien's culture might be like.
4) Play the TV...
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