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1984 Part III

Today we had a little chat about the third part of 1984. We focused on some of the major changes from the novel to the film. After that, we switched over to a discussion on how torture works and watched this 60 Minutes feature from 2009 about Iranian torture victim Ahmed Batebi.

 


Writer’s Craft Presentation Order

PLEASE NOTE: ATTENDANCE DURING PRESENTATIONS IS MANDATORY. UNEXPLAINED MISSED CLASSES WITH RESULT IN A ‘ZERO’ PRESENTATION MARK.

I DON’T CARE HOW NICE IT IS OUTSIDE.

SERIOUSLY. 

SHOW UP!

PERIOD C

Presentation Dates:

 

Tues May 23rd

  1. Marissa

2. Sydney

3.Isabelle

4.Tyler

5. Victoria

Thurs May 25th

1.Dan

2.Leah

3. Brett

4. Bethany

5. Abby

Mon May 29th

  1. Ailish

2. Ben

3. Taylor

4. Anna

5. Colton

Wed May 31st

  1. Andrew

2. Simone

3. Jazz

4. Gwen

5. Kirsten

Fri June 2nd

  1. Tim

2. Sarah

3. Emma

4. Cameron

5.

June 6th

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

 

PERIOD E

Presentation Dates:

 

May 24th

  1. Lake

2. Simon

3. Holly

4. Will

5. Sarah

May 26th

  1. Ruxandra

2. Owen

3. Sophie

4. Molly

5. Geneva

May 30th

  1. Ashley

2. Kai

3. Chloe

4. Anna

5. Ella

June 1st

  1.  Val

2. Jack

3.  Alima

4. Davis

 

June 5th

  1. Sophie

2. Stephie

3. Max

4. Fiona

 

 


Part II: A look ahead at Rebellion

Hi Gang,

By Tuesday you’ll have completed the second section of the novel. The role of the first section of the novel is clear: Give the reader a detailed and thorough understanding of how the totalitarian government functions in the world of 1984. Through the eyes, ears and private thoughts of Winston Smith, we learn about how the people of Oceania are controlled in mind, body and soul – well, soul is more of a part III understanding but we’ll get there.

What’s different about section two is that it turns it’s focus onto Winston and Julia or more specifically acts of rebellion. It asks a lot of fundamental questions about rebellion from how to do it right down to whether there’s a point to it at all.

I thought it might be interesting to explore these issues leading up to actually discussing the 2nd section of the novel.

 

Image result for french revolution  Image result for arab spring  Image result for rebel alliance star wars

 


Propaganda Summative

Hey Gang,

Just a few quick reminders about the Media Summative.

We begin presentation on May 29th. If you lost your copy of the summative, here it is:

Media Summative – Propaganda

If you need examples, sadly WORDPRESS will not simply allow me to post my PowerPoint. It might be filtering it out due to the imagery form my Nazi Propaganda pictures. In lieu of that, I’ve included a few modern examples at the end of this posting. I’ll give you a rubric on Tuesday so you know exactly how they will be evaluated.

Most of you have opted to A) work alone and B) make a poster, both of which are fine.

Here’s what info I have so far…

Presenters and Products

VIDEO

  1. Samantha and Jackie
  2. Rachel and Ann
  3. Aimee and Grace (maybe)

POSTERS

  1. Raphaella and Sydney
  2. Dante and Jonathan
  3. Liv
  4. Lora
  5. Will
  6. Safa
  7. Mariella
  8. Stephanie
  9. Emma N.
  10. Emma L. –
  11. Jillian
  12. Noah G and Kevin
  13. Shannon and Tyler
  14. Lindsay
  15. Emily A
  16. Madddie
  17. Nolan and Connall
  18. Caprice
  19. Noah C.
  20. Rosalia

A few examples of modern propaganda

Anti-Death Penalty

Image result for propaganda death penalty Related image

Pro-Death Penalty

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Pro-Life

Image result for pro life propaganda

Image result for pro life ad

Pro-Choice Ad

 

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Image result for pro choice

 


Last Four Writing Prompts

Hey Gang,

With your journals all done, I figured I’d make it easy to find your last four writing prompts. I’ve put them all here. Make sure your journal has all of them before handing it in.

Patterson

 

PROMPT 1:

So today we took our first stab at joke writing. We opened with telling jokes. After that, we looked at different jokes styles and talked about what it takes to write a joke.

After that, I gave people the first prompt for this unit. It’s a pretty simply one so you can spend time making sure it’s funny.

PROMPT 1: Joke Writing

Today we’re going to take a stab at the easiest form of joke writing: PUN JOKES. You’re going to write 3 jokes with pun (or near pun) punch lines.To help give you a little direction, I’ll give you some criteria.

Joke 1

SUBJECT – FISH

Joke 2

SUBJECT – FOOD

Joke 3

SUBJECT – Your choosing

Good luck.

Patterson

 

PROMPT 2

Hey Guys,

Today we worked on our second prompt. It was an attempt to write a little satire. To do this we studies 3 news briefs, two from THE ONION and one from THE BEAVERTON. All three followed the exact same style.

  • Opening: All the conceptual information
  • Mid Section: Quote from person involved
  • End: Expansion on joke with added information

I then asked every to try writing their own. Here’s how to write one.

  • Pick something that you hate/makes you mad/annoys you
  • Think about the specific thing about that person/situation that makes you mad
  • Write a news brief that mocks that specific thing.
  • Use the handout as a guide. If you have difficulty, ask other students what they did. All the ones people read to the class were excellent.

Good Luck.

 

PROMPT 3

Today we did a couple of exciting things. First we went over a list of basic tips on writing classical theater. For many of the other theater styles we observed (Modernist, Absurdist, etc) these rules go out the window but for most theater these rules apply. After reading them, we did a writing prompt to put them into practice.

PROMPT:

STEP 1 to 3 on a loose sheet of paper.

Step One: Invent two characters. Give them names and a few distinct personality traits. What is the relationship/history of these two characters?

Step Two: Pick a location for these two characters to inhabit

Step Three: Come up with an event that is coming up soon in the lives of these characters

AT THIS POINT YOU WILL EXCHANGE  YOUR PAPER WITH SOMEBODY ELSE. IF YOU WERE NOT IN CLASS THAT DAY, JUST DO STEP FOUR WITH YOUR OWN INFORMATION

Step Four: Write the opening of a play using the information provided by the sheet you are handed. Try to give us all this information as indirectly as possible.

 

PROMPT 4

Hey Gang,

Here it is…Your last writing prompt. Take a second to collect your feelings. Better? OK, let’s go. We’ve spent the last 3 weeks with the gang of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County. We read the play, watched the film and deconstructed the characters. Today we’re going to engage this thing one last time before we put Violet, Ivy, Little Charles and the rest away for good. Despite the play being nearly 3 hours (and the film a solid 2) I think it’s just not long enough. That’s where you come in.

TASK: Write an additional scene from the play August: Osage County

GUIDELINES: Your scene must me located WITHIN the play. This means you cannot write something that happened before the start or after Barbara walks out that door – possibly for the last time.

What could you write?

Maybe something the play hints at….

  • Karen shows Steve the old clubhouse only to find it torn down
  • Conversation at the card table
  • Conversation among the family as they hunt for pills.

Or something completely fabricated

  • Johanna calling a friend and describing her first week of work
  • Mattie Fay apologizing to Charlie about how she treats little Charles
  • Bev’s ghost coming to Violet in the middle of the night

The possibilities are endless. Well, maybe not endless but you’ve got a lot of options.

I look forward to hearing them.

Patterson


Final Prompt for the Year… #sad

Hey Gang,

Here it is…Your last writing prompt. Take a second to collect your feelings.

Better? OK, let’s go.

We’ve spent the last 3 weeks with the gang of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County. We read the play, watched the film and deconstructed the characters. Today we’re going to engage this thing one last time before we put Violet, Ivy, Little Charles and the rest away for good.

Despite the play being nearly 3 hours (and the film a solid 2) I think it’s just not long enough. That’s where you come in.

TASK: Write an additional scene from the play August: Osage County

GUIDELINES: Your scene must me located WITHIN the play. This means you cannot write something that happened before the start or after Barbara walks out that door – possibly for the last time.

What could you write?

  • Maybe something the play hints at….
  • Karen shows Steve the old clubhouse only to find it torn down
  • Conversation at the card table
  • Conversation among the family as they hunt for pills.

Or something completely fabricated

  • Johanna calling a friend and describing her first week of work
  • Mattie Fay apologizing to Charlie about how she treats little Charles
  • Bev’s ghost coming to Violet in the middle of the night

The possibilities are endless. Well, maybe not endless but you’ve got a lot of options.

I look forward to hearing them.

Patterson