Tuesday, October 11, 2011

En 12: Tuesday, 11 Oct

Well, I know we had a poetry activity planned, however, since I am unable to get around this week, I've decided to transition to a novel unit so you will be able to work more independently.  1984 is one of the great novels of the 20th century and just as relevant today in our era of post-911 security concerns as it was in the post-WW2 Soviet era.  I hope you enjoy the novel; we may pair it with another novel for comparison/contrast: A Brave New World  and The Handmaid's Tale are possible choices.  We may choose to go another direction too; I want to leave it a little open to see where things progress in terms of flow and interest.
As you read, think about big ideas that may be thematic.

As you start the novel, pay attention to the setting - even the opening sentence hints that this is a strange world - take time to notice the imagery.  Hint: words are important to Orwell - note how he uses them like a paintbrush.

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