Dystopian Poetry

Hi folks!  Today, we’re going to study the dystopian poem, “September 1st, 1939” by W.H. Auden.

First, read and annotate the poem.

Next, in groups, decide where the tonal “chunks” are and cut one of your poems apart into these chunks and tape it onto a white board.

On the white board, label the poem with the following:

  • An adjective to describe each chunk
  • For each chunk, a list of literary devices used and their effect
  • An analysis of the title
  • A sentence which states the theme.
  • Be sure to always pay special attention to the first and last lines in all poetry!

We’ll be doing a gallery walk so you can see each other’s interpretations.

George Orwell and 1984

Hi folks!  Today, we are starting our unit on 1984. Today’s readers love a good dystopian novel, and 1984 is one of the very first.

These brief videos will provide a little context before we begin reading.  

The real George Orwell documentary

The Life of George Orwell in Five Minutes

1984 movie trailer

1984 commercial for Macintosh (fun fact: this was in the recent film, Steve Jobs)

1984 hits bestseller list again

Next, you’re going to get into groups for Socratic Seminar.

Only HALF of you will sign up to lead. The rest of you will lead a seminar for Ceremony.

Don’t forget to secure a copy of 1984. An online version is available on our blog and Google Classroom.