A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron", 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is "finally equal…." The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.
This classroom version of 2081, available only through izzit.org, includes three different video introductions to the film. View them all and then select the intro that will work best for each of your classes.
2081 covers numerous educational standards across several subject areas including ELL, Language Arts, World Languages, and Social Studies for Grades 9-12. To find which standards it covers specific to your grade, subject area, and which standards your district is using, use our Standards Alignment tool.
This video was fantastic!!! Other teachers asked to use the video after hearing my students talk about the video in their classes! You consistently make available to teachers high quality video resources but this video is a grand slam and a half!
Normand Lheureux History - 11 / Goverment/Civics - 12 Boothbay Region High School, Boothbay Harbor, ME
My students are still talking about 2081!! It made them think, question, and has generated loads of discussion in class and at home!!
Lisa Todd All - 5,6 Lakeside Middle School, Hot Springs National Park, AR
2081 is the best video I have ever used in my 11 years of teaching! The students have shown tremendous interest in the content and they constantly make connections with other content areas. 2081 is a great tool for cross-curricular teaching in my building.
Ed Roberson Goverment/Civics - 11,12 Sharon High School, Sharon, PA
I was amazed at how my students responded. They were enthralled with the video. The abstract nature of the video kept the students attention and generated many questions after. The next day, my students wanted to discuss the ideas in the video more. Many students shared information with their parents. I even received requests from parents to borrow the video! My students begged for more.
Susan Randall History - 8 University Christian School, Jacksonville, FL