Today we talked about/assigned the final essay. The assignment sheet is attached below.

We took a quiz that covers material up through chapter 3 of Part 3, and worked on an activity regarding the re-education of Winston Smith. This is also attached below. If you missed the quiz, please see me SOON to make it up - time is short!

I have attached a practice test that covers the entire book of 1984. You MAY use this as a study guide over the book in preparation for the test. It is NOT an assignment.

I also reminded 2A to turn in their copies of Little Brother.
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Today your practice of feminist literary criticism was due.

We learned about psychological literary criticism today. Please see the attached notes.

Your assignment is to read "The Rocking Horse Winner." This is on page 1310 of the green book, or follow the link to an online copy. Then, write a 1.5-2-page response that analyzes "The Rocking Horse Winner" as read through a psychological criticism lens. Again, see the notes for more information. This is due Friday.

You also need to read 1984 at least through page 260 - finish the book if possible. As soon as you have finished the book, I will give you the prompt for your essay assignment - the earlier you finish the book, the more time you have to write your essay! The essay is due on May 17 and may not be accepted late.

Yesterday I attached the study guide for the final exam...
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Attached below is your study guide for the final exam!

Today your practice of Marxist literary criticism was due.

We learned about feminist literary criticism today. Please see the attached notes.

Your assignment is to read "A Room of One's Own" for an introduction to one of the pioneering voices in feminist criticism, and then to read "The Doll's House." Then, write a one-page response that analyzes "The Doll's House" as read through a feminist criticism lens. Again, see the notes for more information. This is due Wednesday.

You need to read 1984 through page 224 (finish part 2) for Wednesday as well.

FINALLY! There is an extra credit opportunity! The attached file ("Geography") is a close reading/map activity from 1984. You can turn it in next week for extra credit. I am also still accepting photographs of you reading a favorite thing in a favorite place, if you didn't already turn one in.
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Today we looked at some pictures of Soviet photo editing, much like what Winston seems to be doing in 1984, and talked briefly about the technology of 1984 and how the book is a form of science fiction.

Following this, we learned about the Marxist lens of literary criticism.

We took a quiz over Part 1 Chapter 4 through Part 2 Chapter 2. Afterward, we practiced working with the Marxist lens via a reading and analysis of "Araby" by James Joyce. This is found on page 1326 of the green textbook, or can be found online here or in other places. The instructions and information are found in the attached notes.

Your reading assignment for Friday is to read through page 167 (the end of Part 2 Chapter 7) of 1984.
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Today we discussed chapters 4-7 and did an activity about language, irony, and paradox in 1984 and in our real world. The assignment is attached below.

You are assigned to read through page 126 (through the end of Part 2 Chapter 2) for Wednesday.
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Today we had a quiz over chapters 1-3.

Today we had some very important notes about literary criticism, specifically the historical/biographical lens. The notes are attached (please make sure to get the notes for your class, as the assignment written on the last slides is slightly different for the different classes). The assignment is in the attached notes.

You are assigned to read through page 81 (through the end of chapter 7) for next class.
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Today we did an activity reviewing the life and times of George Orwell. See attached.

You have been assigned to read the first three chapters of 1984 for next class.
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Today we did a group activity wherein we explored the components and effects of utopian societies, in preparation for reading 1984. We also checked out our copies of 1984.
 
Today we did an in-class group activity wherein we explored the components and effects of totalitarian regimes, in preparation for reading 1984.
 
2A ONLY: Today we crossed the bridge between Victorian literature and Modern literature by reading and discussing three poems. Please read the poems below and then answer the questions on the final slide of the attached notes, dedicating about a paragraph to each of the three questions.

"Invictus" - written during Victorian times
"The Hollow Men" - written shortly after World War I
"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" - written shortly after World War II

Note - "The Hollow Men" is a challenging poem. If you can read the version on page 1190 of the green textbook, you'll get many helpful footnotes and sidenotes that will make it much easier to understand.

4A ONLY: Today we finished our Victorian novel Book Talks.
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