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Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World

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Language  and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Suzanne Linder

Suzanne Linder

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • New Words from the Seventh Update of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    This site is a brief article about neologisms that were added to the 2007 version of the Merriam-Webster dictionary.† Twenty sample words are offered as well as a brief explanation of how words are added to the dictionary.

  • AskOxford: How new words get into the OED

    Using the example of the word ďe-tailersĒ (electronic retailers), the process of how a new word is added to the Oxford English Dictionary is explained.

  • US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud

    This site creates tag clouds from the top 100 words used in ďpresidential speeches, official documents, declarations, and letters written by the Presidents of the US between 1776 Ė 2007.Ē Words that are used more frequently show up in a larger font.† Students are able to scroll through the tag clouds and see how words and phrases come into and out of favor in official communication.

  • The Handmaidís Tale: A WebQuest on the Background of the Novel

    This WebQuest, covering topics such as dystopian literature, the American Fundamentalist movement, and feminism, can be useful as a student activity or a collection of teacher Web resources.

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