Engage your students with a FREE Divergent worksheet written by a National Board Certified Teacher.
Students love Divergent, with good reason. It speaks to the clique-plagued teenage experience. It shows students a way out of the conformity while acknowledging that individuality has a price.
Challenge your students to create their own faction within the Divergent universe. This worksheet walks students through the process, allowing them to think deeply about their faction. The questions serve as a window into an author’s prewriting process. Students can imagine author Veronica Roth pondering these possibilities as she crafted her story.
The printable pdf worksheet poses eight questions that should take students a class period to answer. You can extend the assignment by asking students to write an essay, advertisement, brochure, or editorial about their faction. Creative students might want to try their hand at fan fiction, describing an initiate’s experience of joining the faction.
- Faction emphasis: which virtue or value will your faction emphasize? Brainstorm, then choose.
- Faction name: use a thesaurus to give your faction a distinctive name. For example, Dauntless sounds much better than Brave and Abnegation sounds better than Selfless.
- Contribution to society: what role does your faction fill? What are its responsibilities?
- Faction manifest: describe your faction’s mission and vision.
- Overkill: what is the downside of the faction’s emphasis on one value? What does the faction lose by emphasizing one virtue?
- Aptitude test: what challenge would identify people who are well-suited to your faction?
- Initiation: what is your faction’s rite of passage?
- Wardrobe: how do people in your faction dress? What accessories do they choose?