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1984 Section 2 Project-- Research, Writing, Creativity

1984 Section 2 Project-- Research, Writing, Creativity
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This is an activity that I assigned at the completion of Section 2 of Orwell's 1984.

Students choose from three creative activities.

Each is introduced with a brief introduction referencing the text and including illustrative quotes.

Following is detailed instructions for the tasks:

Place yourself in Oceania in 1984. Imagine you are a 12-year-old attending a Youth League and Spies training camp. Write a journal that recounts the events of three days at the camp. Include lecture topics and physical training. Also, note the subtle indoctrination of Party principles. As a young Oceanian, what is your reaction; how do you feel, are you inspired?
Specifics of this project:
 Format as a journal with the date at the top and reflections written below.
 Each entry should be 1 – 1.5 pages long
 Include at least one reference to a secondary source of information about Hitler
Youth or Little Octoberists with MLA citation.
 Include at least one quote from Section 2 of 1984 with MLA citation.
Imagine a shopping spree in Mr. Charrington’s shop. Although Winston observes that the shop has “nothing in it of the slightest value….miscellaneous rubbish,” He finds items of personal value, symbolic value, like the paperweight. Create an advertisement for Mr. Charrington’s shop. Feature three other items that would appeal to Winston.

Specifics of this project:
 Format as an advertisement with a graphic depiction of the item and a brief
description and price.
 In an essay, discuss why each item would appeal to Winston. Consider his
ancestral memories, fascination with the past, and affinity for things of beauty
with no utility. You should compose one 1-page essay for each item; follow class
 Link each item to another time in the novel when Winston expresses that same
emotion as the item evokes. Provide a quote from the text with an MLA citation.

Create a compatibility test for Winston and Julia. Determine if they are a viable match. Consider their views on sexual Puritanism, zeal, Party doctrine, and revolt.

Specifics of this project:
 Format as a list of at least 10 questions and the responses of each character.
 Devise a way of scoring the responses (assigning point values, color-coding…)
to determine compatibility.
 Conclude whether the couple is compatible and discuss why or why not in a brief
 In the characters' responses, quote at least three quotes from the text with an
MLA citation.
 Total page count 4-6 pages.

Please have a look at my other 1984 products including:

---individual chapter activities
---activities focusing on Goldstein's book
----------"The Ultimate Guide to Goldstein's Book"
----------graphic organizers and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation
----------creative group presentation project
---tests and essay prompts
---an introduction to Orwell and 1984 PowerPoint presentation
---final group researched presentation comparing Oceania to today's society

--------------------COMPLETE UNIT, BUNDLED!--------------------

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These resources have been student tested and approved throughout my 31 years of teaching the novel!

Thank you.

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3 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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