Choosing Thoughtcrime as your English programme for Level 3 means that you probably find the darker, more dystopian aspects of world literature attractive; you’re somehow inexorably drawn to the unusual and deep down you sense that something is rotten in the state of…
Your focus over the holiday break should be on completing your reading of our core text, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Today we’ll meet together in the class hangout for the last period of this term. The main focus will be examining your written analysis – and planning for our Easter reading.
After yesterday’s excellent conference, we’re all in a good place to move forward. Here’s today’s plan.
This is the first of our daily lesson outlines, now that we’re all working remotely. Today let’s take things quietly with a quick checkin online and then some time to read independently.
In spite of being the author of the quotation "Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane." Orwell's writing is rich with grammatical complexity and textured imagery. After I provided and explained an exemplar of how to approach the use of a quotation -...
An exemplar demonstrating one way of producing the analysis required in relation to any self-selected quotation from the text.
NCEA 3.1: Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), supported by evidence
School. It’s an amazing thing. There’s nothing a 15-year-old boy loves more than getting up at 6:30, eager to educate himself.
After our short study of the Grammar of Satire, it's time to have a go at writing a satirical piece in your own right. Here are some suggestions as to how you might get going: Read more satire - be inspired by the work of others, and explore the technical frameworks...
I wrote a joke the other day, along the lines of: “Our greatest fear is that we die alone – which is why I intend to take quite a few people with me.”
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Choosing Thoughtcrime as your English programme for Level 3 means that, you probably find the darker, more dystopian aspects of world literature attractive; you’re somehow inexorably drawn to the unusual and deep down you sense that something is rotten in the state of… This programme will take a media-savvy journalistic approach. You’ll need to think fast, question everything and be willing to speak up. You will be asked to challenge yourself, take risks and show ambition.
We’ll be reading the work of some of the 20th Century’s greatest satirists, poets and activists. We’ll explore modern text communication, political and online language and compare this with our own speech to learn how the wool can be so easily pulled over our eyes. We’ll look at the grammar and style of a range of journalistic writing and publish our own. We’ll explore how our very language itself can control our thoughts and – if we’re not careful – limit our freedom. We’ll read one of the 20th Centuries most disturbing political novels, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four and explore modern anti-heroes such as Donnie Darko and A Clockwork Orange’s Alex De Large. Throughout, you will be practising the key skills required to succeed in your NCEA programme.
In parallel to this everyone will be completing for homework their own longitudinal genre inquiry by investigating links between self-selected books, films and art and presenting these in documentary form.
Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.