HW10 due 10/29: Politics and the English Language

1. Politics and the English Language(PEL)–Tomorrow, be prepared to thoroughly explore how Orwell develops his thesis. I expect to see you illustrate control of Orwell’s argument. There will be no small-group preparation; we will begin and end in whole group discussion. I cannot stress enough…you must keep in the fore of your mind the historical context from which PEL and 1984 were born.  In many ways, both texts serve as a response to the socio-economic-political situation of WWII Europe–a situation wherein people by the millions were disenfranchised, impoverished, and killed.  Accordingly, Orwell is considered to be one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century because of his response(s) to that situation.  Further, as stated in class, it is critical that we UNDERSTAND Orwell’s position. So, read not to contradict and confute, but to weigh and consider. ANNOTATE THOROUGHLY

2. Due Thursday! You should have your DETAILED outlines ready for peer review.  I am expecting a detailed breakdown of each body paragraph including (remember, this will be a 2-3 page essay):

  • topic sentence
  • evidence
  • ANALYSIS OF EVIDENCE (very important)

Format your detailed outline in this way:

I. Thesis
II. Topic Sentence #1
A. Evidence #1
1. Discuss the evidence in 2-4 sentences

III. And so on…

HW10 due 10/24 (10/25 for 10G): Orwell Examples

1. Politics and the English Language(PEL)–Tomorrow, be prepared to thoroughly explore how Orwell develops his thesis. I expect to see you illustrate control of Orwell’s argument. There will be no small-group preparation; we will begin and end in whole group discussion. I cannot stress enough…you must keep in the fore of your mind the historical context from which PEL and 1984 were born.  In many ways, both texts serve as a response to the socio-economic-political situation of WWII Europe–a situation wherein people by the millions were disenfranchised, impoverished, and killed.  Accordingly, Orwell is considered to be one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century because of his response(s) to that situation.  Further, as stated in class, it is critical that we UNDERSTAND Orwell’s position. So, read not to contradict and confute, but to weigh and consider.

Tonight, you must find a source illustrating one of Orwell’s points in PEL. The source might be a newspaper article, a political speech, etc.  Then, in your binder, discuss the piece (At least one fully developed paragraph) and how it illustrates Orwell’s argument. Do not “wing” this…I expect to see an organized, thoughtful discussion of your source as you identify how it reflects Orwell’s issue(s) with political writing. Most importantly perhaps, I want you to understand that Orwell’s message with respect to Politics and Language is relevant today.

HW10 due 10/23 (10/24 for 10G)

1. 1984–To begin our 1984 unit, I want you to print out, read and annotate Orwell’s Politics and the English Language. Be sure you have this with you on Wednesday. Also, I will be giving out copies of 1984 tomorrow. If you want to pick up your own copy, you should have it ready for Thursday.
2. English 10G–Be prepared to finalize our discussion of The Bell Jar tomorrow. It would be rockin’ like Dokken to see you do a great job finalizing the analysis of this text. Dokken: