This assignment is meant to be a fun activity that plays with typically conceived boundaries of language.
It includes an abridged version of George Orwell's Newspeak explanation (the appendix in 1984), and an activity: students use the rules of
For this assignment, students will probe the text of Frankenstein, and the Prometheus myth. (The Prometheus packet typically used is not included here for copy write reasons, but any academic version of the story should do.) Students then choose
This Powerpoint provides context on the epic poem Paradise Lost: in addition to reviewing the British literary eras, it explains John Milton's past, disposition, and relationship to the masterpiece he created.
This quiz is based off the 1984 Background Presentation, which highlights potentially quizzed information in orange text.
It includes five short-answer questions, and three questions that are more involved.
Recap the text of Book Nine in Paradise Lost through a Twitter format. Students tweet the main ideas of each passage to each other--using twitter names, hashtags, and sub-tweets, if they would like. This is a fun and creative way to interact with
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Close Reading
Pages 2-5 of this packet include brief descriptions of three totalitarian regimes from the last century: (in reverse chronological order) North Korea, Khmer Rouge Regime in Cambodia, and Nationalist Spain; there is also a philosophical statement
This Powerpoint is a conversation catalyst for discussions about gender roles--it works, certainly, in Paradise Lost, and with other texts as well. Provides a clear definition of current feminism, lyrics from a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speech, and
Anglo-Saxon day is a one-period long celebration that facilitates students' relationships with the Anglo-Saxon era, and through a fun, lively experience, enables them to really remember a lesson at the root of the time period: food and art were
The presentation includes background on George Orwell and 1984--as well as the concept he most opposed (totalitarianism), and the concept he most promoted (democratic socialism).
All of my background presentations use highlighted text to indicate
English Language Arts, Literature, Informational Text
In this series of writing activities, students improve their analytical skills while reading Paradise Lost. This is the second of three activities. It can be used independently, or connects to the Introductions Powerpoint.