This task is an extension of our genre study of the dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. This is an opportunity to create your own dystopia, grounded in the socio-political anxieties of our time.
An approach to grammar that focuses on the explicit teaching of specific grammatical forms, explored in context of a larger piece of writing – and that depends on extended class discussion and reference to model pieces from established authors.
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The Dystopia genre has its own grammar – This close reading of the opening page of Nineteen Eighty-Four offers a clear insight into the grammatical means by which George Orwell infused his futuristic vision with an eerie authenticity.
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.”
The most exciting way of getting into Russia is to cross Germany in a sealed train and arrive at the Finland Station in St Petersburg to be greeted by a cheering revolutionary mob who promptly rename the city after you.
Key posts on this Thoughtcrime site referred to in this podcast are: What is Satire? The Grammar of Satire - Advice to Youth