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English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.

Orwell’s DYSTOPIA 1984

Orwell part 1: Last week, with my presentation, you entered a new world, a totalitarian state as foreseen by George Orwell’s 1984. “Don’t speak, don’t show your emotions! Big Brother is watching you!” The following video is a very effective supplement for studying 1984, with footage taken from the movie by M.Radford.

The next video is a quick and easy 1984 synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel.

The man who wrote this prophetic novel was George Orwell. Watch this video to integrate the biography you have studied in your text-book.

To integrate the extracts you have in your textbook, read here some more chapters from the novel 1984. Then, to check how much you know of the novel try doing the QUIZ on 1984, you’ll discover some new things you didn’t know unless you’ve read the novel.

As, in these days, the term “Orwellian” is rather abused, I found very interesting and knowledgeable the following video by TedEd. After watching it can you now define what the correct meaning of the word Orwellian is?

Here’s the trailer of 1984, the movie from Orwell’s novel. Is this the future we want?

In order to reflect on the meaning and relevance of Dystopic novels, I’ve adapted a previous TedEd lesson  How to recognize a dystopia – Alex Gendler. Go to the given link and do the activities as home assignment TASK ONE.

I now cannot help embedding the stunning, mind-blowing Apple’s commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh Computer to the world by explicitly referring to Orwell’s novel. It was shown & broadcasted during the Superbowl in 1984. Apple is always one step beyond the others! 😉


  1.  What do you think is the message of the advertisement?
  2. Is the ad effective also for those who don’t know the novel or does it need a certain amount of…education? LEAVE A COMMENT.

One of the best novels I’ve read in the last years is without any doubts, The Circle by Dave Eggars.(2013)  If you like this genre you must read it, I highly recommend it. (The New York Times’ review). While writing this post I’ve just discovered that they’ve  made a movie from it. I cannot wait to see it at the movie theatre!

Last but not least for those who love the Eurythmics and Annie Lennox as much as I do, theirs is the soundtrack of the movie and the song SEXCRIME. Enjoy!

Lyrics:  Can I take this for granted/With your eyes over me?/In this place/This wintery home/I know there’s always someone in/Sexcrime/Sexcrime

Nineteen eighty four/And so I face the wall/Turn my back against it all/How I wish I’d been unborn/Wish I was unliving here/Sexcrime/Sexcrime

Nineteen eighty four/I’ll pull the bricks down/One by one/Leave a big hole in the wall/Just where you are looking in.

I want to end this post by adding an excerpt from the movie “Detachment  (2011) American drama film about the high school education system directed by Tony Kaye,  the director of American History X. I think this scene is fantastic to remind us of the importance of education & knowledge to avoid the dangers of a totalitarian society and regime, like the one depicted by G.Orwell. It can also help you comment & reflect on the novel we’re reading in class and Apple’s advertisement.



PADLET on O.Wilde by students

Alla fine del modulo su Oscar Wilde con le mie due quinte, ho assegnato dei Tasks, compiti creativi, cooperativi e digitali e sono davvero felice di condividere qui il Padlet con i lavori dei ragazzi. La valenza didattica ed educativa di questo tipo di lavoro evidenzia non solo la “scelta” dei ragazzi di lavorare in modo cooperativo ma mi convince sempre di più che, queste sono attività dove i “singoli” riescono a esprimersi al meglio.
Alcuni studenti, lavorando insieme, registrandosi e usando App come Spreaker, riescono a superare la timidezza e, citando una mia amica,  anche “la sensazione che la scuola sia solo dovere e fatica“, quando invece dovrebbe essere quotidiana scoperta, creatività e divertimento. Io mi sono divertita molto a vedere insieme i loro i lavori, ascoltarne le motivazioni, le difficoltà incontrate, le genesi delle loro idee e le loro autovalutazioni. Grazie a tutti perchè … I’ M THE HAPPIEST TEACHER BECAUSE I LOVE MY JOB!

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