Students will read George Orwell’s classic essay, “Politics and the English Language” and eventually the students will apply the concepts of the essay to Donald Trump’s 2016 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Los Angeles Times provides extensive annotations for the speech. A link is provided. Students will, close read and annotate both texts, view supporting video clips, and view a NPR story on George Orwell and the importance of the clarity of writing. There is also a link to a 15 question AP style multiple choice assessment on “Politics and the English Language.”
Finally there is a clip from George Carlin on the use of euphemisms and two different videos from TED Talks. One called “Politics and the English Language” and the other is a Ted-Ed video on Orwellian concepts. The resource packet works well with a study of the politics, speech, or George Orwell.
There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students. These four lessons prepares students for AP Language and Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American and World Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: American Literature, British Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Literature, Pre-AP, critical thinking, politics, speech, American Government