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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas eNotes Teaching Guide

by eNotes

  • Release Date: October 09, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, and Grade 9
  • Pages: 14
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This teaching guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of Ursula K. Le Guin's “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, this classic short story has been a mainstay of English classrooms since its publication in 1973. While it has its challenges—an unusual narrative voice and mature content—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” will give students unique insight into social ethics, complicit culpability, and the importance of understanding rhetoric, literary ambiguity, and the power of narrative voice.


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These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.