DoubleThink: Course Outline

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.   Course Booklet

Nineteen Eighty-Four: How to handle a quotation

An exemplar demonstrating one way of producing the analysis required in relation to any self-selected quotation from the text.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four: An Historical Context

Fragments of historical information to put into context the social/historical norms at the time George Orwell wrote “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

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Apple: You’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984”

This advertisement, aired during the Super Bowl in 1984 shows Apple’s advertising agency tapping into the Cold War anxieties about totalitarianism to present it’s new computer products. How does this ad appear to us now Apple has become one of the world’s largest multinational companies?

Nineteen Eighty-Four: What to do with a quote

Exploring different approaches we can take to expand on a selected quotation.

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The Grammar of Dystopia

The Dystopia genre has its own grammar – This close reading of the opening page of Nineteen Eighty-Four offers a clear insight into the grammatical means by which George Orwell infused his futuristic vision with an eerie authenticity.

Homework: Select a sample of rich language

In spite of being the author of the quotation “Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.”¬†Orwell’s writing is rich with grammatical complexity and textured imagery. Find for yourself some examples of his deft

The Death of Truth

This is the article I read to the class about some of the historical antecedents to Nineteen Eighty-Four

Novel Study: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

NCEA 3.1: Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), supported by evidence

Grammar of Satire – Writing Task

After our short study of the Grammar of Satire, it’s time to have a go at writing a satirical piece in your own right. Here are some suggestions as to how you might get going:

The Grammar of Satire – School, by Thabit Choudhury

School. It’s an amazing thing. There’s nothing a 15-year-old boy loves more than getting up at 6:30, eager to educate himself.

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