Tuesday, November 5, 2013

To Be or Not To Be Dystopian....

Building on Connection #1, Prof. Kurzyna and I decided that since the students have a general understanding of both novels, that they would connect on a campaign project. My students have been broken up into 3 groups of 5 and 1 group of six based on four themes found in the novel:

The Importance of Understanding History
Freedom of Speech and the Consequences of Losing It
Machines as helpers/Machines as Hindrances to Humans
Conformity vs. Individuality

These are themes that can be discussed in "1984" as well.

Students are required to find two examples for each section in the novel that encompass their respective theme. The novel has three sections, therefore they should have six examples and/or quotes total. Their assignment is as follows:

Your group is a part of a campaign movement where your opponents beliefs and ideas for your utopian community will lead people into a Dystopian society. Using the themes from the novel, provide an argument that focuses on the consequences of leading individuals into a future that is an illusion of a perfect society. Use the events in novel as the example of what could happen and what could be done to avoid this dismal future.

YOUR POSTS WILL BE ASSESSED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:

1. WHAT IS THE BASIS OF YOUR ARGUMENT (THEME)?
-In other words here you will explain your theme (this should be a few sentences to a paragraph)

2. HOW CAN THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF YOUR THEME AFFECT SOCIETY (LEAD TO A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE)?
-Here, you will use the examples and quotes from the novel to show what could happen to our society if we follow down this path.

3. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING?
-Using your knowledge of this novel, "1984", as well as your understanding of the society in the novel and the society we live in today, what can be done to avoid the same fate as the society in the novel? There should be clear connections back to your theme and examples.

4. IMAGERY: You will need to select an image that represents your argument and your movement. (When you post,this should be before your argument)

Prof. Kurzyna's class will be posting their responses to my students' campaign as voters.
We are still working out the response criteria for his students.. So far this is the plan.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!

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