Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
In the informational text “Someone Might Be Watching — An Introduction to Dystopian Fiction,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the characteristics of dystopian fiction and how the genre comments on society.
When and How to Pair: Introduce this text before students begin "1984," in order to provide them with some background and an insight on the genre of dystopian fiction and its history. Have students consider the characteristics of dystopian fiction and discuss their connections to the world they live in. How are fictional worlds able to comment on the real world? What types of connections are typically drawn and what kind of commentaries are made?