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Feed by M.T. Anderson

Book Info

Grade Level
High School
STEM Concepts
Astronomy, Cyber Security, Health, Consumerism, Cybernetics, Cyborgs, Algorithms, Big Data
Publisher
ISBN
978-0763662622

With new back matter and a refreshed cover

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon — a chance to party during spring break. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their .heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy girl who has decided to fight the feed and its ever-present ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. M. T. Anderson’s not-so-brave new world is a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now

The tour de force that set the gold standard for dystopian YA fiction — now in a compelling new paperback edition.

Source: Candlewick

Videos

FEED: The STEM Read Experience Overview

Hundreds of students filled the room for STEM Read’s field trip experience based on the acclaimed book by M.T. Anderson. Using ‘credits’, teams of students made purchases to increase their reputation and gain followers. Then, when their connection was interrupted, they participated in mentally stimulating games, all while learning from field-specific experts, as well as the author himself.well as the author himself.

Cyber Security and Crypto Puzzles

Our friends over at Argonne National Laboratory helped us understand a bit more about cyber security. Jennifer showed us the basics of hacking into a crypto puzzle, and she’ll be joining us November 16th and 17th as STEM Read delves into Feed by MT Anderson.

M.T. Anderson on Sci-Fi

M.T. Anderson, fabulous author of books such as Feed and Landscape with Invisible Hand, sat down with us to discuss his thoughts on science fiction.

M.T. Anderson Advice for Writers

M.T. Anderson, author of Feed, dishes out some hearty advice for prospective writers.

Linguistics and Language Change

M.T. Anderson has said that he wrote Feed in response to the mass extinction of words from the English language because of technology and social media. STEM Read talked to linguist Melissa Wright about the evolution of language and the birth and death of words.

Educators

Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons

These questions, prompts, and short activities provide quick ways to inspire interest and explore the STEAM concepts related to the book. Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons can also be used for differentiation and to foster new ideas of your own.

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Adaptation Through Variation

In this science activity, students research natural selection and adaptation in a species. Then students predict how humans will adapt int he future because their bodies are now integrated with the Feed or because they travel to areas with varying gravity. The students’ research will then be presented in a documentary format.

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Be the Solution

These project-based learning activities are based on concepts that connect the book Feed to real-world problems and ideas. Each prompt allows students to work collaboratively to explore one of the following topics: impact of social media, financial responsibility, food production controversies, or human impact on the environment. Students will select a topic and then work in small groups to research, brainstorm, design, and create solutions. Students can choose how to communicate their solution with others.

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Create a Commercial

In the story, people are constantly bombarded with advertisements and other input. In this writing and media arts lesson, students will create a commercial for a unique product.

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Design a Club

The Ricochet Lounge on the moon was a giant bubble (sphere). In this math and art activity, students will select a 3-D figure and design a venue for entertainment.

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Ricochet Slingshot

Titus and his friends visited the Ricochet Lounge on the moon.  The object was to “Slam the Ones You Love.”  On Earth, engineers work very hard to reduce the effect of impact during collisions.  In this engineering challenge, students develop a device that will protect a delicate object when it is slammed into a wall.

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It’s Just a Phase

Much of the important action in the book, Feed, takes place on the moon. In this project based activity, students will first research and name the phases of the moon. Then students will use a variety of materials to create a model that illustrates the cyclic patterns of lunar phases.

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Technology Timeline

In this challenge, students select a current technology. The students then create a timeline that displays both the technology’s history and predicts the future.

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What’s the Word?

In the book, the feed suggests words that might fill in the sentence you are thinking about.  In this lesson, students write a story with blanks, then suggest a list of words for each of the blanks.

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Messages In Space

Friends in the book Feed could communicate with each other even if some of them were on the moon or Mars. But, how long would it really take a message to get to someone on another planet? In this math lesson, students calculate answers to problems with large numbers and scientific notation.

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Minutes to Message Chart

About the Author

M.T. Anderson

M. T. Anderson is an accomplished author of a wide range of titles, including works of fantasy and satire, for readers of various ages. He studied English literature at Harvard University and Cambridge University and went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

M. T. Anderson is known for challenging readers to look at the world in new ways. “We write because we can’t decipher things the first time around,” he says. His previous books include Thirsty, a vampire novel; Burger Wuss, a revenge story set in a fast-food emporium; and Feed, a futuristic satirical novel widely lauded as one of the most important and pioneering works of the recent dystopian craze. A finalist for the National Book Award, Feed received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize or YA fiction in 2003 and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor.

Learn more at mt-anderson.com.

Source: Candlewick