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Discussion will take place in the Computer Lab.
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Michael Salvesen
Mackenzie Pooley
Braden Becker
Jasper Houston
Matt LaMourie - Congratulations! You have been nominated for student facilitator!
Jake Dugas
Scott Anderson

1. Student Facilitator(s): This person's role will be to read the agenda from his or her computer to direct the conversation. Someone should volunteer or nominate a peer(s). Communicate with each other! Please list all the group members on your wiki page as well.

2. Protocols: Protocols are helpful to give everyone in the group the time and chance to speak. Use at least two protocols and customize them to fit your discussion

3. Discussion Questions:

What are the issues and ideas within this novel you’d like to discuss with each other? Be sure to consider various parts of the text (beginning, middle and end). Collaboratively create 15-25 open-ended questions that promote discussion and organize them logically. You can use them within a protocol or on their own.
  • Personal Response Questions -- These questions might address your personal reactions to the style and content of the novel and ask group members to share and compare.
  • Open-ended, analytical questions -- These promote multiple perspectives and don’t yield a single answer. They address the WHY and HOW.
  • Significant passage questions -- Observe, as you would in close reading, the qualities of the text and how the passage brings meaning to the novel overall.

4. Culture & Context

We recognize that we're reading books that take place in different cultures than ours. What do you need to know about this culture that would give you deeper insight to the story? Use a Historical/Biographical approach and pose questions. The bullets below give you some places to start. Each group member should pose at least one question, and each group member should research a resource and post his or her findings that respond to the question. Post a resource for someone else's question. Label your questions and posts so we can see that everyone contributed to both steps.

    • history and political conflict of the nation depending on the time it takes place: historical articles or current news
    • Why did Russia send so many people off to the work camps in Siberia?
    • How many people like Ivan were unfairly sent to the camps?
    • How did they keep so many people beyond their given sentences?
    • How does this novel give us insight into life in Russia under Stalin?
    • We have all studied the Holocaust can we compare this to the Holocaust?
    • cultural or religious traditions

    • biographical information about the author
    • Solzhenitsyn was held in one of these camps from 1945 to 1953, so he speaks from experience about this.
    • Why was he put in a work camp?
    • articles of literary criticism (using Marvel)
    • author information -- interviews, obituaries, statements
    • book reviews
    • research allusions and cultural references
5. Pre-Discussion Processing
The purpose of this section is to sort out the basic fiction elements in the novel. We've put it at the bottom of your agenda, but it is the first place you'll start to work. This is a good way to check your understanding of the novel, and the group can use this information as a reference during the discussion. You can use your collective knowledge to answer these questions and build a foundation for your discussion so the conversation can focus on higher level issues.

Post on the wiki prior to discussion and include textual references wherever necessary
  • Characters - List a significant detail for each character
Ivan Denisovich- Main character
Tiurin- Second in command, works with the men
Fetiukov- The dog
Tsezar- Gets packages, gives Ivan extra food
Senka- Deaf, older, a good worker
Estonian Twins- Ivan buys tobacco from them
Alyosha- Baptist, resorts to religion for savior, hard worker
Pavlo- Squad leader, rigs the books to fake success
Kilgas- Strong worker
Gopchik- Young, Ivan likes him because he see's his son in him
Cpt. Buinovsky- Naive, captain of a Russian ship
Lt. Volkovoi- Security chief, sends men to clean the guardhouse
  • Setting - Locations and time periods
  • -post-WWII, Stalin's rule of Russia.
  • -Siberia, work camp
  • Important plot events - Choose at least 3 significant plot elements and explain their importance
  • Little plot
  • Structure of the book being focused on one single day suggests that all days are the same
  • This can be projected to say that life in general is incredibly monotonous
  • Conflicts - Identify and elaborate on the conflicts that drive the plot
  • -inmates v. the guards of the camp: the continual struggle between the two to survive in the barren landscape.
  • Narration (point of view) - Describe how the telling impacts the story
  • -The story is told from the point of view of one of the inmates, Ivan Denisovich.
  • Important passages - Have at least 5 important passages on the wiki; a brief comment or question about how and why the passage is important should follow each


1. Why do you think they were only allowed to keep one pair of shoes?
2. What do you think was the biggest struggle for Ivan while living in this camp?
3. Why is Ivan's perspective on his situation different than the Jewish inmates in the German Camps?
4. What did you feel like the turning point in this book was?
5. Do you think this camp/prisons can be compared to another camps/prisons still around today?