Nineteen Eighty-four

Tentative Schedule:

Mon (8/24) Power of Thinking

SSR 15 min

Clear up misconceptions (such as Prole = Proletariat via Karl Marx)

Quiz (5 open ended questions; open book; with a partner -optional)

Writer’s Notebook:

Big Brother disallows party members to read and write for pleasure because it promotes independent thought. Is independent thought dangerous? *Discussion web; defend both yes and no. (Minidebate if time)

H/W: Translate Favorite Quote Assignment from last class (or another quote of your choice) to Newspeak. Write a paragraph explaining what is lost.

Wednesday (8/26) Power of Language

SSR 15 min

Share Quote and what was lost in translation

Whole class (?) discussion re: Doublethink and propaganda in text (word choices, connotations, manipulations)

H/W: Prep for SocSem1984 Socratic Seminar.

Friday (8/28) Socratic Seminar

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Questions to pose:

  • Newspeak language prides itself on eliminating words each year until 2050.  How is language important to freedom?
  • What is free thought? Is free thought different from free speech?
  • Discuss Winston as a heroic figure. What qualities does he posses that could define him as one? (GREAT segue to hero unit!)
  • Big Brother disallows party members to read and write for pleasure because it promotes independent thought. Is independent thought dangerous? *Discussion web; defend both yes and no.
  • The Ministry of Truth, which Winston works within, is concerned with revising the past. Does revisionism exist today? Do you agree with Orwell that knowledge of history, which Winston is particularly concerned with, is powerful or even dangerous?
  • In what ways does technology help The Party control Oceania? How does technology function today through television, radio, phones, cameras, satellites, and the internet? Is it used for good or evil?
  • Winston stops himself from saying what he actually believes, and maintains great control over his facial expressions to avoid being vaporized.  Do you sometimes feel this way and worry about letting a “thought crime” slip?
  • Winston resides in London which has become dilapidated in some areas but some technologies have advanced (especially re: surveillance). Why do YOU believe this shift has occurred in this dystopic world?
  • What is the acceptable balance between government control and individual freedom when an individual’s privacy issues are at play?
  • Should citizens be prepared to give up personal freedoms and privacy during a national crisis?

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100021.txt Full text.

http://www.classzone.com/novelguides/litcons/1984/guide.cfm Activities

http://www.barrsenglishclass.com/1984.html Interesting layout of lesson. Take a closer look.

http://fayette.k12.in.us/~cbeard/1984/1984.html To use w/webquest? Or look closer at links?

http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Literature/LIT0202.html Relating to ads.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/pdf/1984/1984.pdf How much fact in fiction?

http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides3/19841.asp Discussion questions.

http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/1984.pdf Penguin Unit plans.

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