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1984

George Orwell's 1984 spotlights many issues about an individual's right to privacy and about how public opinion is manipulated. Now that you have read and discussed the novel, consider this question: Was Orwell right?
 

Planning for Research

 

      1. List 1984’s  primary themes:

       

      1. Have you ever felt that your privacy is threatened by the government, corporations, the media, or other entities?

       

      1. Have they ever had any experiences in which you felt that your rights to privacy were violated?

       

      1. Do you know anyone who has ever been in a situation that is reminiscent of a situation that occurs in 1984?

       

       

PRIVACY IN 1984 AND TODAY- GRAPHIC ORGANIZER

Privacy Issues

 

 

General Privacy Issues

Internet Privacy Issues

 

Privacy and the Bill of Rights

  • Which amendment(s) seem to deal most directly with the issue of privacy?
  • Research recent court cases related to the Fourth Amendment to find out what the justice system is saying about our rights under this amendment.

Free Speech: From Newspapers to Music Lyrics
Karen Zeinert. Enslow, 1995.


Freedom of Speech is guaranteed by the Constitution, yet there are trends in our society that bring to mind Orwell's Thought Police. Movie and music censors, "political correctness," monolithic ownership of news outlets, and other attempts to control what we speak and what we hear are covered by the author of this timely book.

Video Surveillance

Drug Testing

Police Surveillance, Including Search and Seizure

Racial Profiling

About.com: Racial Profiling

 

Your Rights at School and Home


Research the laws and policies that affect your own rights at school and at home. Look for answers to these questions:

  • What are the limitations to your privacy and other rights at school?
  • How do your rights at school compare to your rights outside of school?
  • What are the justifications for treating you differently at school than when you’re outside of school?
  • What recent court decisions regard this issue?
  • What rights do your parents have that can affect what you do at home? Do their rights differ when you’re away from home?

Manipulation of Public Opinion

 

 

 

Other Links:

Homework Center Mission
This public library site explores the issue of banned books and censorship in general. The links are most valuable to pursue discussion topics presented in this lesson.

American Civil Liberties Union
This is the official website for the ACLU, an organization that is "the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights…." The site, with its many features, offers support material for almost all the privacy issues presented in this lesson.

Britannica.com-Orwell
This encyclopedia article begins with background on Orwell and his works, then offers direct links to other Britannica articles on 1984 and the many facets of the novel. There is solid information, analysis, and criticism here.

The following links will provide you with information to write your paper:

10 STEPS TO WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER

WRITING INTRODUCTION AND TRANSITION PARAGRAPHS

SAMPLE INTRODUCTION AND TRANSITION PARAGRAPH 2

CITING SOURCES

ASSIGNMENT CALCULATOR

 A handy page for students who have trouble with organization: students type in the date of the assignment and the date it's due. The page calculates how many days are left and suggests "deadlines" for different steps in the research/writing process. It also provides links to help with each step. Students can print out the page or sign up for e-mail reminders.

AVOIDING PLAGIARISM

ACKNOWLEDGING, QUOTING, AND PARAPHRASING SOURCES

ELECTRONIC NOTECARDS

NOTE TAKING FORM