Dystopia & 1984

DYSTOPIA ( Oxford Dictionary) An imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.

TASK 1. Watch the TedEd video HOW TO RECOGNIZE A DYSTOPIA and answer its questions. The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal shape.https://ed.ted.com/on/0QIQs57E

I want to start this new literary journey quoting from an article by the New york Times, Orwell’s “1984” and Trump’s America: Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.” If you read the article now, you’ll find most of its references and deep sense pretty obscure. Well, that’s understandable because or if you haven’t read the novel. Still, that’s the reason why it’s now a must to become familiar with this milestone of literature. At the end of this module, when you read the article, you’ll become aware of its hidden meanings and the importance and  role literature plays in our daily life. I call it CRITICAL THINKING, the only antidote to tyranny.

See you in class next Tuesday to enter the new dimension.


Hi everybody! I’ve just written this post to introduce you to the study of the greatest playwight ever: William Shakespeare of course. In order to optimize our class time, it’s important that you follow this introduction. As you probably know, 2016 commemorated 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. Therefore was celebrated all over the world!

LESSON 1: shakespeare

What is “Shakespere lives”? Watch the video and write the answer in your notebook or in a doc in your Google Drive. 

If you’ve asked yourself the question. “Why do we have to study Shakespeare?” in the following link you’ll find some answers. Why study Shakespeare?

  • CHOOSE 3 REASONS: write them in your notebook or copy them in a doc in your Google Drive and bring them to class.

Here’s some links on W. Shakespeare http://absoluteshakespeare.com/index.htm or this one http://www.enotes.com/topics/william-shakespeare  From the beginning you’ll see there are TOO MANY TOPICS, related sites and too much info and you’ll feel … totally LOST ! Don’t worry, it’s normal! In order to help you cope with that feeling I have selected some links that will make you save time without feeling overwhelmed. You can plunge into the ocean if you feel like but let’s start surfing the lake! 🙂 Here are my suggestions:

1) Watch Shakespeare ‘s short biography in the following videos. You’ll find the key events of Shakespeare’s life and work.


Have  a look at the houses where he lived. You can take panoramic views and tours of his 3 homes (java flash player required)  beautiful Images of his properties in Stratford Upon Avon

Ready to study him in depth? See you next week for our show GUIDA ALLA VISIONE_Romeo & Juliet (are dead)See you!