SDUnit Three: 1984

Teacher: Jaimie Crawford

Syllabus KEY:  Here is your syllabus for the third book and unit.  I will ask you to read about 50 pages per week. The best way to avoid book quizzes is to keep journaling and show me that you are up to date in class by participating and adding thoughtful responses about assigned reading.

The majority of your grade for the six weeks will come from four assignments, each worth 100 pts:
your journal, your personal essay, your group project, and your final book test.

You will either have a journal or a pop quiz each week (100 pts)—you should have one entry per week that covers all 50 pages.  Journals will be checked weekly on Thursday or Friday. Late journals will count 50% of their original value (20 points).  List the entries as follows:

My name:
My book and character:
Pages covered:
(5 pts ) A listing and description of all characters encountered and at least six events that occur during these pages.
(5 pts)  A listing and description of all government surveillance (the ways the gov. watches the citizens) mentioned or implied during these pages and the modern parallels.
(5 pts) A list of the personal freedoms taken away from citizens mentioned or implied during these pages and modern parallels.
(5 pts) A picture or graphic of the events, people, or animals introduced during these pages

JOURNAL #2 (Optional Questions to replace above): Each answer explained fully is worth 2 pts.
1. Define: double think, newspeak, ingsoc, duck speak, thought crime
2. What is Winston's job? What exactly does he do?
3. In what context is the Chestnut Tree Cafe mentioned?
4. What is the antique shop and why is it unique?
5. Describe Winson's encounter with the prostitute.
6. Describe Winston's several dreams.
7. What does the note say that was passed to Winston?
8. What does the place that Julia and Winston meet at remind Winston of?
9. What happens to Syme?
10. What do Julia, Winston, and O'Brien discuss?

You should have ONE notebook or spiral for your journals for all six books throughout the year. Journals can be typed on computer or hand-written; each book section can be decorated to reflect that book; you should add one appropriate picture or graphic to each journal.

SAT WORD OF THE DAY (second set of 10):  Aloof, Abstruce, Ameliorate, Belie, Candor, Celerity, Choler, Culpable, Endorse, Girth
BEGINNING WITH THE THIRD SET, Vocab quizzes will be mandatory and not bonus.
(third set of 10): Extol, Disparate, Loquacious, Irony, Wax, Serpentine, Succor, Taciturn, Insidious, Vigilant
SAT WORD OF THE DAY (fourth set of 10): Despotic, Totalitarian, Fledgling, Euphemism, Castigate, Sublime, Garbled, Furtive, Ominous, Querulous

WEEK ONE  (11/6-11/9) : Read 1984 introduction and origin; answer questions in class.

HW: Read to pg. 50

WEEK TWO (11/13-17):  1984; Journal discussion; GPS Tracking system article and questions; PROJECT DAYS on THURS 16th /FRI 17th.

HW: Read to pg. 100
A Day 11/16: Turn in one journal entry covering pps. 1-100
B Day 11/17: Turn in one journal entry covering pps. 1-100

WEEK THREE AND FOUR (11/20-12/1): EDITORIAL (see sample given in class and directions below) DUE: Gather your 3 sources and your arguments; paper will be written and graded as part of the midterm exam in December.

Argument:  Government surveillance and some limitation of personal freedoms are necessary to insure a safe country.
(Agree or disagreee)

1. Choose one side of this argument and find at least three articles (online or from the newspaper) supporting it.   (15 pts)
2. From your articles, come up with three advantages of the side of the argument you choose to focus on for your paper.  (15 pts)
3. Consider the other side's strongest argument from a fourth article. (10 pts)

4. Formulate an outline (30 pts) and work cited (30 pts) of the four articles (you may use
5. Write a paper (100 pts) using the guidelines below (2 pages in length double spaced, MLA style)

Begin with an attention grabbing statement that does not indicate the writer’s stand on the controversy. Be careful; don’t make it too obvious. Be creative, thoughtful, and specific and include a lead.
    For example: Clouds grew increasingly dark as the wind kicked up during the afternoon of May 21, 1993, as James Wood, a drifter with a long history of     infractions with the law, completed his grizzly work. He had just finished disremembering the body of a 12-year-old girl, whom he had kidnapped, raped,     and brutally murdered a few days earlier. As he raised what was left of the body above his head, lightning flashed behind him, and he heaved the little         girl’s remains into the roily, muddy water of the Snake River.  He later described the scene in court as a Satanic sacrifice.
            The lead should flow naturally into the thesis, or stance, taken by the editorial.
            For example (FOR Capital Punishment): The senseless brutality of the murder, along with the total lack of remorse  by Wood, shocked the                         community and provided just one example of why the death penalty is appropriate punishment.
            For example (AGAINST Capital Punishment): Despite the brutality of that murder, the heart-broken parents of the girl publicly pleaded that                     James Wood be given the help and rehabilitation he so desperately needed.  They understood what many citizens do not: that the only way to break a             chain of violent reactions is to practice non-violence as a society and reject the use of the death penalty.
After stating thesis, recognize the strongest opposing argument.
    For example: It is true of course, that………____________________
Then, COUNTER:   Switch into a strong argument in favor of your thesis.

Build on your last point by making an even stronger point. Be sure points are backed by facts and examples.
    For example: Of even greater importance….

Save the strongest argument for last. This discourages rebuttal and leaves the reader with something convincing to ponder.
    For example: Finally…..

Commit Again: Using different words, restate your thesis.
     For example: (FOR Capital Punishment): Thus, as long as society is plagued with psychopathic killers, the death penalty is the only reasonable solution     to keeping our children safe and our society secure.
    For example: (AGAINST Capital Punishment): It is clear, then, that violence is a vicious cycle, a cycle that can only be broken when society itself quits         murdering those who murder others.
Cap it off: Leave the reader with a little something extra: a vision of the future, a revisit to the lead, a call to action, etc…
    For example: Despite his initial plea to be put to death, James Wood today is fighting for his life on death row in Idaho.  This case, along with the                 hundreds of others like it nationwide, underscores the critical need in our society to understand and cope appropriately.  Working together, we can keep         America the land of the free with citizens who can pursue their dreams without fear of being murdered.

HW:   Read to pg. 150
A Day  12/1: Turn in one journal entry covering pps. 100-150
B Day  11/30:  Turn in one journal entry covering pps. 100-150


HW:   Read to pg. 200; Thursday 12/7 and Friday 12/8 are project days

Editorial information due on Monday and Tuesday (12/4 and 5): 60 points
1. Choose your topic (10 pts) and determine the two sides (5 pts)
2. Find and print three or more articles on YOUR SIDE (10 pts)
3. Highlight both sides of the argument in the article
4. List the 3 strongest arguments on YOUR SIDE with 8 details or examples for each argument (25 pts)
5. List the strongest argument on the opposing side (10 pts)

A Day  12/7: Pop quiz pp. 150-200
B Day  12/8:  Pop quiz pp. 150-200

WEEK SIX (12/11-15): Final Exams
1A: 8-10am 12/13
2A: 8-10am 12/14
3A: 10:20-12:20 am 12/14
2B: 8-10am 12/15
3B: 10:20-12:20 am 12/15

Exam Layout: 2 hours/ 5 parts
1. Vocab: 
Discountenance, Impedimenta, Gambol, Armaments, Imbecile, Palimpsest, Feeble, Disdainfully, Compendium, Sterility
2. 50 Fill Ins on 1984
3. Short Essay on 1984
4. Historical Overview Questions on 1984
5. Editorial (Bring your 60 pt. info on Editorial and Rough Draft, Outline, or Final)

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