1984 AP Teaching Unit - Advanced Placement in English Literature and Composition Individual Learning Packet Teaching Unit 1984 by George Orwell

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Advanced Placement in English Literature and Composition Individual Learning Packet Teaching Unit 1984 by George Orwell written by Peter Boysen Item No. 302228
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2 1984 ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE TEACHING UNIT OBJECTIVES 1984 Objectives By the end of this Unit, the student will be able to: 1. identify the elements of dystopian literature. 2. explain how Orwell’s background emerges in the themes of 1984. 3. explain the purpose of the Two Minutes’ Hate. 4. explain the various forms of control that the Ingsoc government exercises over its citizens. 5. describe the ways in which the Ingsoc government uses technology to monitor and influence its citizens. 6. explain the historical context behind the three forms of totalitarianism that appear in 1984. 7. explain the major ideas found in Goldstein’s book about oligarchical hierarchism, and compare and contrast those ideas with the ideas espoused by our own government. 8. contrast the rulers of Oceania (the Inner Party) with rulers in historical totalitarian states. 9.analyze the ways in which tone and diction undermine one another in the story. 10. analyze the ways in which syntax lends itself to tone construction. 11. explain the various forms of paradox that appear throughout the story, including Newspeak, doublethink, and crimestop. 12. respond to multiple choice questions similar to those that will appear on the Advanced Placement in English Literature and Composition exam. 13. respond to writing prompts similar to those that will appear on the Advanced Placement in English Literature and Composition exam. 14. offer a close reading of 1984 and support all assertions and interpretations with direct evidence from the text, from authoritative critical knowledge of the genre, or from authoritative criticism of the novel.
3 1984 ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE TEACHING UNIT BACKGROUND LECTURE Background Lecture STYLE, SETTING AND THEMES 1984 is set in the city of London, some forty years after the end of the Second World War. The city is not identified as London, but as Airstrip One, the capital of Oceania, an empire that appears to consist of North and South America, the British Isles, and part of Africa. The protagonist is Winston

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