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Week 4: 1984 by George Orwell

Ch 1, Introduction
pgs 1-20
Watch the Two-Minutes Hate and Movie Trailer

Data Wall:
How do the governments in 1984 and Animal Farm compare with today's American government?  Is Big Brother watching?  Discuss differences and tendencies toward similarities.  Record instances on a data wall.

Ch 2, Mrs.. Parsons
pgs 20-29
Download the Chart Assignment

Why did Orwell include the Parson family and the plumbing scene in this chapter?

Read the
Wikepedia article on Dystopia.   

Ch 3, Memory, Just Dreams and Fragments, pgs 29-top of 34, 35-37
Ch 4, Controlling the Past,
pgs 37-42 & 45-48

Focus Q8: What do we learn about Winston's early life? How does he feel about it?

We've taken care of everything
The words you read, the songs you sing,
The pictures that bring pleasure to your eye…           Rush

Weekly Writing:
Ch 5, Syme and Newspeak,
pgs 48-53, 55-58, 60-63

Focus Q9: What is Newspeak?  What do we learn from Syme about it?  What is your opinion of Newspeak? Is it a good idea or a bad one?  How is it similar to Political Correctness? Does Politically Correct language actually change how people think? 
No, it doesn't.      Yes, it can.

Varicose ulcer--yuck!

Supplementary Videos
Changes in Surveillance Laws:
"Top Threats to Civil Liberties after 9/11".  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/ReasonTV.  http://youtu.be/HruJVj2-5mU.  (6:28). 

Robert, Dr. Paul Craig.  "Are Americans living in a police state?".  Retrieved from:
www.YouTube.com/user/RT.  http://youtu.be/6NyMs9y3WRg.  (6:23). 

Everybody Gets Searched: 
"How is Big Brother Watching You?".  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/cNBCOriginals.  http://youtu.be/MDSCC5iR_DE.  (2:32).

"Tracing Large Volumes of Personal Information".  Retrieved from:
www.YouTube.com/user/artbell.  http://youtu.be/CkRAUnFLYKA. (10:11).

Your cell phone: 
Whitehead, John.  "Big Brother is Listening to Your Cell Phone".  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/RutherfordInstitute.  http://youtu.be/ZZhT97UXRdE(3:20). 

Your Email: 
"Big Brother is Watching You".  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/rainboyknows.  http://youtu.be/RYOUolZnGIs.  (9:15). 

"Your Papers Please".  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/noverichip.  http://youtu.be/tCLu83rppmA.  (10:55). 

Cameras in Public:
Link Here "They'll be Watching You".  CNN.  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/cheezemurda.  http://youtu.be/g0kiHy0kAzw.  (3:20).

Spying from Drone Planes:
"Police State: Get Ready  America!"  KPRC Houston Channel 2.  Retrieved from www.YouTube.com/user/killinghours.  http://youtu.be/pAH6mwlYA5U.  (3:52).

"Andy Griffith vs. the Patriot Act."  Retrieved from:
www.YouTube.com/user/mojoscary.  http://youtu.be/0wL9Li0f1Po.  (1:03).

Even Electric Meters?!
"Smart Meters."  Retrieved from www.YouTube.com/user/minivanjack.  http://youtu.be/8JNFr_j6kdI.  (4:33). 

RFID Sequence  various sources discussing RFID, including two commercials
for it. 

Planned Suspension of the Constitution:
"FEMA Power Grab - Oliver North and COG plans".  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/rhawk301.  http://youtu.be/Vrr6wZ3HnZg (2:03)

Secret Congressional Meeting: 
"Kucinich speaks out about Congress' closed session".  LINK TV.  Retrieved from: www.YouTube.com/user/darganot.  http://youtu.be/gW2BXRdt59g (5:23). 

"This is What a Police State Looks Like"  Retrieved from:
www.YouTube.com/user/ http://youtu.be/aCpiE7WpVVk.  (6:42). 

"What We Choose to Ignore".  Retrieved from:
www.YouTube.com/user/aravoth.  http://youtu.be/Jl1VIhdpl4c  (5:19).

Wolf, Naomi.  "The End of America".  Retrieved from:
www.YouTube.com/user/talkingsticktv.  http://youtu.be/aW9PulYpjGs.  (29:35).

Text: "Fascist America, in 10 Easy StepsThe Guardian

Surveillance 1   Surveillance 2   
Doublethink 1   Doublethink 2   
Voluntary Surrender of Freedoms 1   
Rewriting History 1

The Government wants to control:
Xxx Our diet choices.
Xxx Our car purchases
Xxx How students are schooled
Xxx our home thermostats.
Xxx Population Control

Saved to Death by Government

Current Orwellian Language:
"Voluntary Compliance"
"Expensive Tax Cuts"

Suppressed news?

This is not a life

Teacher's Materials

Current Orwellian Language:
"Voluntary Compliance"
"Expensive Tax Cuts"

Blackwhite definition at Wikipedia

Link Here 7:43 Orwellian Slogans
You will need to come up with three of these yourself. 

Linking Texts on General Leadership
Johnston, Sue.  "Something to Honk About"
Dobbs, Lou. Excerpts from
War on the Middle Class, Chapter 12, p.197-212. 
Maxwell, John C. Excerpts from
Leadership 101.
"Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law, Gayanashagowa"

Poetry and Music Lyrics
Randall, Dudley.  "Ballad of Birmingham"
Randall, Dudley.  "Booker T. and W.E.B."
Sloan, P. F. "The Eve of Destruction"
Additional Linking Texts
"Traits of a Good Leader" Santa Clara University and the Tom Peters Group
White, Barbara. "Seven Personal Qualities Found in a Good Leader".

Welch, Mark and Miles Corwin.  Excerpts from And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner City Students
Valenzuela,  Luisa.  "The Censors"
Achebe, Chinua. "The Voter"
Achebe, Chinua.  Excerpts from
No Longer at Ease

Week 5: 1984 by George Orwell

Ch 7 The Proles I
pgs 69-74 

Focus Q 10: Who are The Proles?  What do we know about them?  What similarities and differences appear in our own world?  Answer by filling in your Chart Assignment.

Ch 8 A Walk Amongst the Proles, pgs 81-86, 93-98, bottom 99-104
Alt. Focus Q 11: Is Winston's expectations of the Proles reasonable?  Focus Q 11: Why does Winston try to talk to the old man in the bar?  Why was his conversation successful or unsuccessful?
St. Clement's Dane

Wed :
Part 2, Ch 1 Julia, 105-110, 111-117

Focus Q 12: What is the conflict with Julia?  How do you predict this relationship will work out?

Don't forget to be filling in your Chart Assignment.

Thurs 11:
Ch 2-3,
pgs 117-136

Focus Q 13: What do we learn about Julia?  What is your reaction to her? 

Fri 12:
Ch 4, pgs 136-137, 140-147
Focus Q 14: What surprises does Julia have for Winston this time?  How does he feel about their relationship?  Who has the power in this relationship? 

Week 6: 1984 by George Orwell

Mon 15:
Ch 5,
pgs 147, & bottom 149-156
Ch 6 156-159
Focus Q 15: What is the significance of Syme's disappearance?  What are the differences between Winston and Julia concerning the Party? 

Tues 16:
Ch 7,
pgs 160-167
Ch 8 pgs 167-175, 1st new paragraph 176-179
Focus Q 16: How would you assess O'Brien as a leader?

Don't forget to be filling in your Chart Assignment.

Wed 17:
Ch 9,
pgs 179-217
Focus Q 17: What is Winston learning from the book?  See Summary and Assignment for tomorrow.

Explanation of war

Thurs 18:
Ch 11, pgs 217-224

Pt 3, Ch 1,
pgs 225-239
Focus Q 17: What is the significance of the scene with Parsons? 

Fri 19:
Ch 2, pgs 239-260
Focus Q 18:

Week 7: 1984 by George Orwell

Mon 5:
Ch 3,
pgs 260-274 (14 pgs)
Focus Q

Tues 6:
Ch 4-5,
pgs 274-287 (13 pgs)
Focus Q
CH 1 Ignorance is Strength (4:57)
The book: Explanation of the three countries and their wars

Wed 7:
Ch 6, pgs 287-297 (10 pgs)

An alternate view of the future

Hate Week


Week 8: Essay Options
The Book as a Warning: In the afterward, the commentator describes 1984 as "a warning."  Indeed, throughout the text, Orwell plants both subtle and overt warnings to the reader.  In what ways does this work or fail to work?  What do you think are some of the larger issues at hand here?
Compare and contrast characters in Winston's world: Parsons, Syme, O'Brien.  How does Winston view each one?  How do they differ from Winston?  What opinion do you think each one has of Winston?
The Proles: Early on in the novel, we learn of Winston's belief in the proles as a liberating force.  What accounts for Winston's almost blind faith in the proles?  What are some of the characteristics of the proles that, in Winston's eyes, make them the ultimate means for overthrowing Big Brother?
Contradictions in 1984: The world within which Winston lives is filled with contradictions.  For example a, major tenet of the Party's philosophy is that War is Peace.  Similarly, the Ministry of Love serves as what we would consider a department of war.  What role do these contradictions serve on a grand scale?  Discuss other contradictions inherent in the Party's philosophy.  What role does contradiction serve within the framework of Doublethink?  How does Doublethink satisfy the needs of The Party?
Winston's relationship with O'Brien: Describe the role that O'Brien plays in Winston's life.  Why do you think that initially, Winston is drawn to O'Brien?  Why does he implicitly trust him, despite the enormous dangers involved?
Class: Orwell creates a very specific social structure in his novel 1984.  Oceania's political structure is divided into three segments: the Inner Party, the ultimate ruling class, consisting of less than 2 percent of the population; the Outer Party, the educated workers, numbering around 18 to 19 percent of the population; and the Proles, or the proletariat, the working class.  Do you believe that our nation has a similar social caste system?  If so, how is it divided? 
Sex, Women, & Relationships: Discuss the role of sex and intimacy in 1984.  What specific function does the Party's directive on sexual interaction serve? What is the role of women in the text?  Is love relevant?  Are relationships meaningful
Accuracy as a Prediction: In the final analysis, how accurate was Orwell in his vision of the future?  In what ways does our contemporary society compare to his idea of society in 1984?  Are there examples in which he was correct?  What is most opposite?  Do you see a potential for aspects of Orwell's "vision" to come true?

Does it matter if the Party is all-powerful?  On pages 147-148, Winston reflects on the omnipresence of The Party: "He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear.  They could spy upon you night and day, but if you kept your head you could still outwit them….Facts at any rate, could not be kept hidden.  They could be tracked down by inquiry; they could be squeezed out of you by torture.  But if the goal was not to stay alive, but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make?" What, in essence, is Winston saying about the lone individual in relation to The State?  Does this contention remain true throughout the novel?
Discuss Winston as a heroic figure.  What qualities does he posses that could define him as one?  In what areas does he fail as a hero? 
Difference from previous Totalitarians: During Winston's interrogation, O'Brien explains that whereas preceding totalitarian regimes had failed, The Party was truly successful in its consolidation of power (page 226).  How, according to O'Brien, does The Party as an oligarchy differ from Nazism or Russian Communism?  How does he define the role of the martyr, both in terms of The Party and the other totalitarian systems?
Julia: From her first appearance as "the dark-haired girl," through to the end of the novel, Julia is a key figure in 1984.  Trace the path of Julia in relation to Winston's life; in what ways does she influence him?  Did you trust her, initially?  Overall, do you feel she had a positive or negative impact upon him?
Dreams in the Novel: Discuss the significance and nature of Winston's dreams.  Deconstruct the dream wherein O'Brien claims that they "shall meet in a place where there is no darkness" (page 22), and the dream in which Winston's mother and sister disappear (page 26).  What are the underpinnings of these dreams?  What deeper meanings do they hold?  Why do you think the author devotes as much time as he does to Winston's dreams?
Literary Analysis: How did Orwell use moral dilemmas to develop Winston and Napoleon as characters whose actions and motives impact the understanding of Orwell's message?
Expository Essay: "People are too well informed to adhere to a set of rules or to simply follow a leader over a distant hill. They want to be inspired by a greater purpose." Ann Fudge and Sir Francis Bacon observed that "knowledge is power" and John Maxwell adds that knowledge empowers. Write an expository essay describing how these two statements contribute to the necessary attributes of a responsible electorate.
Comparative Essay: Draw parallels between events in Animal Farm and 1984 on one side and today's government on the other.  Provide examples of government policies that erode the rights of the electorate to draw parallels between the world and the two books. 
Personal/Persuasive Essay: Discuss your responsibilities as part of the electorate to maintain a government of the people, for the people, and by the people.  Identify the two or three most important actions that could/should have been taken to balance the power in 1984 or to avoid the outcome in Animal Farm.
Reflective Essay: Consider how language was used in 1984 and Animal

2nd Quarter Exam Review Checklist

What is an allegory?

Look again at your Animal Farm notes.  What were the characters like?  Who do they stand for in real life?

What were the Seven Commandments for?  What happened to them?  What are their parallels in the real world? 

Who are the Proles?  What does Winston expect of them?  Who are real-life proles?  What are real-life proles like? 

What is the Inner Party?  Who is the Inner Party in real life?  How do they keep control in the book?  How do they keep control in real life? 

The above question asks "How" - but Winston Smith considered "Why" to be the more important question.  Why does the Inner Party keep control?