Here is the nearly final draft of the dystopian literature course that I custom designed for my son's grade 9 literature class.
Of the 15 required reading novels, he has already finished reading seven and two books are in progress now. He has already read six short stories and I will add more from the short story collection book that we are using. I will create the film section in the near future, it will include watching film adaptations of some of the books, after the book has already been read.
As a jumping off point to create this class, I compared college course syllabi. The course syllabi that I found online for dystopian lit are level 300 English courses. I may add more books to the required reading list as the year progresses. Some of the common college dystopian lit class readings I believe are mature content more suitable to readers older than 14 so I have not just copied a syllabus from a college course for college juniors. Since my son's class is a grade 9 course it includes some young adult genre fiction which is understandably absent from college course reading selections.
The reason that I am teaching my son a dystopian literature class is to ease him into reading for literary analysis (something he is not happy about having to do) using a genre he enjoys reading. Courses that he does in subsequent high school years will include more traditional high school reading selections.
Dystopian Literature List
created by ChristineMM
Grade 9 English Course
Anderson, M.T. Feed (2002)
Bradbury, Ray Farenheit 451 (1953)
Clayton, Emma The Roar (2009)
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games (2008)
Collins, Suzanne Catching Fire (2009)
Collins, Suzanne Mockingjay (2010)
Dashner, James The Maze Runner (2009)
Dashner, James The Scorch Trials (2010)
Dashner, James The Death Cure (2011)
Golding, William Lord of the Flies (1954)
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World (1932)
Orwell, George 1984 (1949)
Orwell, George Animal Farm (1945)
Westerfield, Scott Uglies (2005)
Zamyatin, Yevgeny and Randall, Natasha, We (1921)
More novels TBD
A selection from
Adams, John Joseph (editor) Brave New Worlds (2010)
Buckell, Tobias, Resistance
Doctorow, Cory The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away
Gilbow, S.L., Red Card
Gaiman, Neil and Talbot, Bryan, From Homogenous to Honey
Jackson, Shirley The Lottery
Tolbert, Jeremiah, Arties Aren’t Stupid
Update: I carried this course over into grade 10 and more college prep level novels were added as was a lot of movies. I should update this list sometime. For now I wanted to share that the course was more fleshed out later.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of The Roar from Amazon.com's Vine program. All others I purchased for our family's use, or read public library copies.