High School English: Anthem

High school students finished in-class reading of Ayn Rand’s Anthem this week. During annotation and discussion, many students made connections to Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. Next week, responsibility will shift to student groups to lead a culminating discussion on literary elements (theme, symbolism, character development, etc.) and the greater significance of the novel in today’s world, specifically as it relates to the teenage experience. This activity will challenge students to consider how to prompt classmates to think deeply about a topic while cultivating skills in discussion facilitation: asking open-ended questions, circulating power, managing stasis, and leading participants to the “big idea.”