Lesson 1 (from Book One, Chapter 1 | Book One, Chapter 2)
Fertility is clearly an issue our culture takes for granted. The people of the story's world were not prepared to handle life after the Year Omega, and this lesson is to transition students into the reality the characters of the book must face head on.
1.) Classroom Debate/Group Exercise
The year is 1990, and scientists are beginning to discover the rapid decrease in births. Some are going so far as predicting the Year Omega. Your class are the decision makers for our country. Split your students into two camps of leadership, the left and the right. The right is to discuss amongst themselves why it is possible abortion and birth control are contributing to a falling population, and what should be done about it. The left is to defend the freedom of choice we are granted in our society, and discuss other alternatives to explain this...
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