Mrs. Moritz's 9th Honors English

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

1st Hour 1984 Scribe

Welcome back, Period 1! Scribing for 4-3-07

Today, we all greeted Mrs. Moritz with a smile and sat down in our desks. It’s hard coming back from a too short spring break, but we are starting to get back in the swing of things, especially with all of the projects being assigned!

First, we held up our 1984 novels to check if our books were covered and we were ready to read! Also, we discussed if our parents were willing to blog and read to novel along with us to enhance our learning process. Hopefully this experience will help us understand the novel at a deeper level!

After our meet and greet session, we discussed the details of the fishbowl activity. There are four jobs that each person must fulfill; Presenters, Discussers, Outer Circle Members, and the Scribe.

The Presenter’s job is to get in groups of 3 or 4 and decide what section of the novel 1984 that you want to read. You are the people responsible for leading the discussion. You and your group need to find a critical analysis of these chapters, prepare a quiz, make a discussion outline to turn into Mrs. Moritz, create a blog question to post on the web, and be prepared to lead a discussion with the entire class on the assigned reading. Remember, this information needs to be useful and interesting, so do not hover on one subject so long that it becomes boring!

The Discusser’s job is to be in the inner circle with the presenters. There are 6 permanent members of the Inner Circle and 2 open chairs that are for anyone who wants to contribute to the conversation. Remember, you need to have positive contributions to the discussion, and points will be taken off if they are repetitive and do not add to the conversation. Refer to the green sheet we received in class to see the point tallies for the Comments.

The last job to do on the day of the discussion is to listen to the discussion and take notes. If you want to step into the inner circle, you must tap out someone in the 2 open chairs only. Try to take good notes on what is going on during the class, because right after class you must post a blog comment about the discussion, and this blog must be posted during school hours, so it is graded and you can get your 20 participation points for the day. ( If you are absent on a discussion day, you need to come into class and make it up within 2 days)

The final job for the project is to scribe one day. On this day, you will record everything that happens in class, and post it on the blog for your parents to see what happened during the class discussion.

Today we signed up for the groups and the dates we will be presenting on, and also the scribes. Talk to Mrs. Moritz to Sign up.

Tomorrow in class, we will be watching 2 videos on 1984 and responding to them and how they compare to the real world, so be ready for it!

At the end of class, we asked some clarifying questions about the test you need to prepare for the presentation. You need to have 10 questions that are either Objective, like multiple choice or true/false, Descriptive, like explain this or describe that, or analytical, like analyze feelings or emotions.

Remember, you need to have pg. 1-37 read by Thursday! Good luck and prepare for the fish bowl!

Shannon Hea


  • While I'm home sick today, I thought I'd try to get a bit of a jump on 1984, so I read the first assignment (ONE: I-III), plus the Appendix: The Principles of Newspeak, which was prompted by the footnote on page 5 of my edition. My thoughts so far:
    1) Even if it's not part of the "assignment" per se, don't put off reading the appendix, where Orwell develops the crucial link between language and thought.
    2) Does anybody else see a parallel, perhaps not so flattering to Christianity, between Emmanuel Goldstein and Lucifer, as the icon of Goldstein is introduced during the Two Minutes Hate? To me, Orwell seems to be casting a negative viewpoint on the tactic often employed by leaders of social organizations to personify evil as a means to manipulate the followers by uniting them in a common "struggle." Other examples from my lifetime: the United States portrayed to Iranians as "The Great Satan" during and after the Iran Hostage Crisis (1979-1981), and the Eastern Bloc communists identified as "The Red Hoard" to the West during the Cold War (post-WWII). Of course, a bit before my time, the Jewish people were the social scapegoats in Nazi Germany. I found it interesting that Orwell, writing 1984 in the shadow of WWII (mostly in 1948), chose a Jewish persona for the Enemy of the People, though the setting is London.

    NOTE to new bloggers like me: to achieve 1984 in Italics, type:

    By Blogger Jon Q. Public, at 1:14 PM  

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