Teacher Guide

Oryx and Crake Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    To gain an understanding of the underlying themes of Oryx and Crake, such as nature vs. man, environmentalism, corporate abuse of power, and the human condition.

  2. 2

    To examine the characters through a critical yet empathetic lens.

  3. 3

    To recognize the ways in which the text is shaped by the point of view of its central character.

  4. 4

    To study the author's use of language as a descriptive tool.

  5. 5

    To discuss and learn from the text's many intentional ambiguities.

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