Orwell's vision of the future... and the present

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • You must respond to the prompt with at least one thoughtful, meaningful and complete post of at least 5-7 sentences of varying length.
  • You must reply to at least two other posts with thoughtful, meaningful and complete commentary. You could ask a question and signify why the question is important to you, or provide an alternative way to think about the idea. 
  • In all cases, your responses should be not only thoughtful, meaningful, and complete but also polite, courteous, and respectful.

To meet the expectations above, you will likely need to respond in at least a full paragraph of 5-7 sentences, or perhaps a couple paragraphs. Your goal is NOT to answer the question quickly but to demonstrate what you know and what you think. A sentence or two is, by demonstration, more than likely to be incomplete, and lacking in both thought and meaning.

The Prompt

The BBC made a pseudo-documentary about George Orwell, who died at the age of 46 in January 1950 from a burst artery in his lung (Orwell had long suffered from tuberculosis). The novel we are reading was published on June 8, 1949, so he never got to see the impact his novel would have on the world, even to this day.

In order to respond to this journal entry, view this clip from the documentary, in which an actor plays the role of George Orwell. When you are finished, post a response to this prompt:

Orwell said, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever.”  What do you think about this prediction of the future? Do you agree or disagree? Do you think Orwell's vision has come true? Explore this idea and explain your thinking in depth.

Common Core State Standard 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1.A Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.)


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