Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Blip, an animated young robot, loves learning and playing on her computer, so much so that she spends all her time alone, absorbed in a dark and flat digital world. One day, Blip accidentally trips on her wire and becomes disconnected from her only sense of joy and amusement. She becomes worried and apprehensive as she tumbles outdoors, but before long, her misfortune leads her on a remarkable journey of exploration. Blip encounters an exciting and vibrant new world filled with real friends to keep her company, and endless authentic opportunities for learning. Only when she must return home late that night does Blip realize how much she loved and valued her time being unplugged.
Unplugged is geared toward a younger audience and is effective both in design and storyline. While short and simple in length, the text is meaningful and uses figurative language to depict mood and setting. The parallel drawn between a life unplugged versus plugged in is a strong and intrinsic piece of the narrative, achieved simultaneously with text and imagery. Diverse audiences will make connections to the character and will be reminded, or perhaps warned, about the hazards and consequences of being lured into their technology devices. Several valuable cross-curricular learning opportunities can be explored when using the book as a springboard for discussion.