Category Archives: “1984”

Q4, W3, #3: A GENERATIONAL THING?

NOTE: Any student — Per 1, 2, 3, 4, or 7 — can do this entry.

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I’m curious what you think of the way Hollywood advertised the original film version of the novel back in the year 1956.

Certainly an interesting visual way to attract people to watch the film.

Challenge: In 3+ paragraphs, 5+ sentences each, analyze this film poster.

  • Does it work?
  • Does it surprise you?
  • Why do you think this is the way they tried to advertise the film back in 1956, only 7 years after the novel was first published?

1984_original_film_poster

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Q4, W3, #2: WHAT WOULD YOUR PAPERWEIGHT BE?

NOTE: Any student — Periods 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7 — can do this entry.

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As you all remember, Winston purchases a glass paperweight — with a piece of coral in it — from the antique shop…and sneaks it home.  When he later rents the apartment to hide with Julia, he keeps it there, too.  It becomes a symbol of something he is trying to understand/remember, even more than just being something beautiful.

For Winston, his glass paperweight represents a link to a ‘missing history’ he does not want to forget. It is also a link to an ‘imaginary future’ he dreams about.  In some ways, it helps him keep sane when everything around him seems beyond understanding.  Maybe this is what matters most to him.

Imagine this:

  • Imagine you suddenly woke up to find yourself in an apartment like Winston, with a blue uniform on, listening to a telescreen in the background.  In other words, you found yourself as a character in the book itself.  And there is no escape.
  • Imagine that you knew the ‘truth’ about Big Brother’s world…but you also realized that you’d be a ‘thought criminal’ (and killed) if you told anyone what you knew.  There would never be a way to change this. Again, there is no escape.  Your only choice is to find some way to let your imagination continue to live.
  • Imagine you could buy or find (1) object — like Winston’s glass paperweight — that would help you remain ‘sane’ and maintain ‘hope’ for the future.

Challenge:

  • Identify what the (1) object would be.  Be creative.  Anything is possible.
  • Explain why this (1) object would help you keep sane and maintain hope.
  • 3+ paragraphs, 5+ sentences each.

Glass_paperweight

SEM2 Q4 #3: WHAT IS ORWELL TRYING TO SAY? — PER 1, 2, 3 ONLY

NOTES:

  • This entry is ONLY for periods 1, 2 and 3.
  • Do NOT do this if you are in period 4 or 7.  We will do this entry once you have started 1984.

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

BACKGROUND: We’re soon going to be learning a bit about the historical creation of the ‘party’ and Big Brother’s government. In fact, we’re actually going to read one of the documents that helped create this world — Goldstein’s book for those reading ahead.

CHALLENGE: What is the one rule, Big Brother slogan, or piece of ‘party’ propaganda that you’d like to learn more about as we discuss this novel and Orwell’s ideas?

Orwell_manuscript

Image:  One of Orwell’s original hand-written manuscript pages.

SEM2 Q4 #2: CRAZY POP CULTURE MOMENT — PER 1, 2, 3 ONLY

NOTES:

  • This entry is ONLY for periods 1, 2 and 3.
  • Do NOT do this if you are in period 4 or 7.  We will do this entry once you have started 1984.

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

BACKGROUND: Almost a decade before you were born, a young technology company released one of the most famous television ads in modern history as an ‘attack’ on a larger technology company:

It featured a striking visual image that almost riveted viewers to the screen.

It featured a familiar film theme (can you name it? he smiles).

It also featured a stunning ‘message’ to customers of a competing technology company (that many of you may also be familiar with) that they should ‘revolt’ and consider a different company’s technology (that many of you are also very familiar with).

Challenge: react to the video (found on YouTube through the link above).

  • Remember that you can’t watch this at school unless you ask Mr. Long to show it to you before the weekend begins (wink, wink).
  • Please include the following in formation in the response:

part 1:  what you think of the actual television ad

part 2: any connections to 1984 that catch your attention