Ms. Kissell's British Literature Class - Block 2

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April 29th, 2013

Model Presentation for Multiliteracies Multimedia Text

Criteria Chart for Multimedia Texts

April 5th

March 25th

- Be sure to have finished reading Book 1 and Book 2 of 1984
- Make up any Reading Checks you have missed for points

- We have practiced two debates about "War is Peace" and "Ignorance is Strength"
- We have practiced Socratic seminars with close reading passages from the book

For 1984 - Journal Entry Prompts

Journal Entry 7
During his final encounter with O'Brien, Winston argues that, if all else fails, the inherent nature of the individual, the "spirit of man," is strong enough to undermine a society such as that created by the Party. Do you [[#|agree]] with this statement? Is Winston's belief applicable to the world we live in today? Can you think of examples in our own recent history that support or dismiss Winston's belief in the resiliency and righteousness of the human spirit?

Journal Entry 6
Three important concepts of doublethink are "Freedom is Slavery," "Ignorance is Strength," and "War is Peace."
Explain the arguments behind these concepts.

Journal Entry 5
In the novel, the Party allows couples to marry, but discourages love. Why?
What are [[#|your]] own feelings toward [[#|marriage]]? How are the different from or similar to those of the Party?

Journal Entry 4
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
What does this [[#|quote]] mean to you? How does it [[#|connect to]] the book? How does it [[#|connect to]] your life?

Journal Entry 3
Which character do you feel the most similar to? Why?
Describe a time in [[#|your]] life where you showed the same qualities and traits this character has.

Journal Entry 2
What was it like to “experience” Oceania? What is your reaction to being “watched” all the time?
What would you do if this happened in our society?

Journal Entry 1
What have you learned about totalitarian forms of government? How do you feel about them?
How do you feel about the United States’ government? Why do you think governments are usually talked about in a negative way?

- Make sure you have completed the "Government and Society" worksheet about totalitarianism and other forms of government
- Make sure you have turned in Your Proposal document to OR if it is past the due date, email it directly to Ms. K at
- Make sure you've turned in your group Proposal Presentation script and [[#|video]], poster, or PowerPoint presentation

March 1st, 2013


- Present your proposal poster, PowerPoint, or video to the [[#|class]]
- As you watch presentations, take notes on what the problems and solutions are for each group
- Identify how the groups used satire and how their proposals tried to convince the audience

- [[#|Go back]] to Anticipation Guide for "A Modest Proposal"
- Re-respond to the statements
- See how your responses have changed since you read "A Modest Proposal"

- Mini-Introduction to new unit
- [[#|Quote]] Stations

- Respond to [[#|directions]] in [[#|Student]] Journal

February 27th - 28th
- Use time in [[#|class]] to work on your presentations

February 26th
- You will create and give a presentation to share your proposals with the [[#|class]]
- May work with your problem group or on your own
- Choose to create a poster, PowerPoint, or video
- Directions and Guidelines are on the Proposal Presentations Handout

- Work with your group or on your own to begin planning your presentation and script

February 25th
- Go to
- View your proposal submission and comments
- Make changes to your proposal, if needed
- Check out the information ("i" icon) for the Self-Reflection Assignment; follow the directions and write up your response
- [[#|Submit]] this to

- If you have NOT submitted your proposal, finish it and submit it NOW
- Finish proposal changes and Self-Reflection Assignment for homework

February 18th - 22nd
Winter Break!

February 15th
- Work in class to type your proposal draft
- At the end of the period, [[#|submit]] it to for our class
- If not in [[#|school]] on 2/15, the draft is due at 11:59 pm

February 14th
- Work with your problem groups to brainstorm at least 2 counter arguments someone might pose against your solution (what flaws might someone point out in your solution?)
- Develop responses to these that prove them wrong and show your solution is still the best
- Brainstorm answers to the following for your conclusion: Why would it benefit everyone to use your solution? What will happen if your problem is not solved immediately?
- Fill this information out in your outline to turn in
- When finished with your outline, begin typing your draft!

February 13th
- Work with problem groups to brainstorm a "best possible" solution to your problem and 3 reasons why your chosen solution is the BEST possible solution to your chosen problem
- Use concept maps to help you brainstorm
- Fill in this information on the proposal outline (to be turned in as part of your grade)

- Be sure to answer the parts/questions listed on the "Parts of a Proposal" outline from February 6th
- Follow the rubric for what you need to include (appeals, inversion, irony, etc.) in your essay (you want to be in the "Meeting" category, but you can earn bonus points if you score in the "Exceeding" categories)

February 12th

- "A Modest Proposal" Rap (this might help clear things up!)
- Family Guy Satire Clip (to help review)
- Brainstorm ideas for real world problem that you could write your own proposal on
- Use "concept mapping" as a way to brainstorm problems and ridiculous solutions (like Swift's!)
- Get into groups based on chosen problem: Cyber Bullying, Homelessness/Poverty, Gun Violence/Abuse, Police Brutality

February 11th

February 8th

February 7th
- Work with assigned groups at each "A Modest Proposal" Station
- Read example paragraphs of Situational Irony, Inversion, Emotional Appeal, Ethical Appeal, and Logical Appeal

- Respond to the questions under the corresponding section on the worksheet

- Respond to the questions on the Exit Ticket

February 6th
- Chart the structure of a proposal
- Go through presentation

- Fill in the blanks on worksheet

- Create an outline of the structure of "A Modest Proposal" on the back of the worksheet

February 5th
- Continue reading "A Modest Proposal"
- Use sentence starters for 3 rounds of "Say Something"

- Write down comments/questions you say and that your partner says
- Summarize what you have read

February 4th
- "A Modest Proposal" Intro
- Anticipation Guide

- Sentence Starters Handout

- Reading Log Day 1

February 1st, 2013

January 31st

YOLO Lyrics and Corresponding Questions

January 30th
Parody Videos:
SNL Weekend Update
SNL Will Ferrell
What do these imitate? How do they make the parody funny? What is the message the parody sends?

January 29th, 2013

Satire is: a literary device that exposes human weaknesses or social evils

  • It uses:many techniques to show its point such as irony, inversions, exaggeration,
hyperbole, understatement, juxtaposition, puns, etc.

  • Its tone: can range from humorous to scornful
  • Its purpose can be to: entertain, instruct, or reform and bring about action
  • It takes the form of: theater drama, poetry, short stories, novels, essays, dance, video media, cartoons, and other art forms.

Two subcategories of satire are:

  • Caricature: a humorous picture that exaggerates or distorts certain qualities of a person in order to create a ridiculous effect
  • Parody: a humorous imitation of the style, characters, or subject matter of serious writing

Techniques of using satire:
  • Irony
    • Verbal: where you say the opposite of what you mean. Sarcasm is a form of verbal satire.
    • Situational: where the opposite occurs from what you expect. Ex: A person dying in a train crash after not taking a plane because he was afraid to fly.
    • Dramatic: when the audience knows what is happening, but the characters don’t. Ex: In Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows that Juliet is alive at the end, but Romeo doesn’t.

  • Inversions: taking something we normally think is good and making it bad, or taking something bad and making it good to point out the weaknesses or problems in society.
  • Exaggeration
  • Hyperbole (great exaggeration)
  • Understatement - the opposite of exaggeration. Down playing.
  • Juxtaposition - putting two opposites together so that the characteristics of each stand out more.
  • Puns and other plays on words
  • Unexpected twists Adapted from © Sheila Jones 2008