Is it wrong for a government to take a human life? At a prison in Burma, author George Orwell witnesses a hanging of a Hindu prisoner. Orwell realizes the immorality of imperialism and capital punishment. In order to gain further insight into the issue of capital punishment, students also read six short editorial pieces both pro and con from The New York Times series Room for Debate on the right of a government to take a human life for reasons of politics.
The resource includes original video clips with captions and commentary, links to resources about conducting Socratic Seminars, and links to the literature, including an annotated version of George Orwell’s “A Hanging.” The teaching packet contains a reading quiz with an answer key as well. Complete Common Core standards included.
: AP English Language, British Literature, colonialism, argument, death penalty, Burma, sociology, economics, global civics, social justice, journalism, violence, George Orwell, non-fiction