1984 by George Orwell
Essential Questions and Skills
- What responsibility do I have to society?
- What can I do to avoid repeating mistakes made in history?
- What kind of world do I want to live in?
- What must I do to create the world in which I want to live?
- What makes a good leader?
- What leadership skills have I developed?
- Will I be a leader or a follower?
- Each of us influences 10,000 other people during our lifetime. (Maxwell,
2002) How will I use my influence and leadership to create the world in which I want to live?
We will search texts and the media for the answers to these questions; we’ll look through the eyes of characters in novels and movies, nonfiction writers, and leadership experts. We will begin looking for our answers in the writings of leadership experts.
Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2b Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2c Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2d Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2e Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2f Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
Assignments and Information
Dystopian Novel Information
Article Response Activity
How to Format Your: Article Responses (complete 4 responses)
"Seeking Online Refuge from Spying Eyes" by Jenna Wortham PADLET
"How Privacy Vanishes Online" by Steve Lohr PADLET
"Little Brother is Watching" by Walter Kirn PADLET
"The Web Means the End of Forgetting" by Jeffrey Rosen (Several articles) PADLET
" Sales of Orwell's '1984' Spike after NSA Leak" by Charles Riley PADLET
"The Great Unsaid: What 1984 Can Teach us about 2014" News Beacon Ireland
"So Are We Living in 1984" posted by Ian Crouch PADLET
Discussion Forum Activity: Respond to the following: Which article did you most degree with and why? and Which article did you most agree with and why? Respond to at least two other students' posts. Choose one student's post of whom you agree and one you do not. Discuss which points are points of agreement and which are points of disagreement.
Text to Text Activity
Directions: Download each of the activity handouts into Google Docs. As you read the articles, fill out the information electronically. Submit the assignments using the assignment submission form posted below the text-to-text articles.
Activity Handout: Comparing Two or More Texts
Activity Handout: Double Entry Chart for Close Reading
Read: Ellsberg is Indicted; Says he Gave Data to Press
Read:Ex-Worker at C.I.A. Says He Leaked Data on Surveillance
Read: The NSA Leaks and the Pentagon Papers (Read this one LAST)
Submit your Text-to-Text Activity assignment HERE!