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This lesson introduces the idea of doublespeak, the use of ambiguous or deliberately confusing language in order to promote a certain plan or agenda. It highlights how this idea came into the public consciousness with George Orwell and how it was used by totalitarian governments during the 20th century. It then provides numerous examples of how it is still used today by democratic governments, corporations and even in the world of education. It cites the work of Professor William Lutz and the National Council of Teachers of English to call attention to this issue. The lesson challenges students to recognize doublespeak in their daily lives and to ask what the possible agendas behind it might be. It also provides links to all the sources cited as well as others that will be helpful in exploring this extremely important topic. The teacher is free to modify the lesson in any manner that facilitates its use in the classroom. (This product has been very successfully classroom tested)

Doublespeak, Nazism, Communism, Totalitarianism, Language, Orwell, 1984, buzzwords, freedom, democracy, spin doctor, rhetoric

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