The Handmaid's Tale | The Great American Read

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is the focus of a Great American Read video that urges viewers to read this dystopian novel about a villainous society that oppresses women and minority groups.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to launch a class reading of the novel
  • Have groups craft videos urging classmates to vote for one of their favorite novels
Classroom Considerations
  • One of three PBS resources on The Handmaid's Tale
  • Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019
Pros
  • The author tells viewers that all the events in her novel are based on events that actually happened
Cons
  • None