Deeper Reading Activities

Activities to use for assignments

Double Journal Entries (pg.116)

Students draw a vertical line down the page, creating a t-chart. On the left side of the chart, they copy a passage they find compelling. On the right side, they write a response to the passage. 

Example: 1984
"There was the routine of confession that had to be gone through: the groveling on the floor and screaming for mercy, the crack of broken bones, the smashed teeth and bloody clots of hair." "Nobody ever escaped detection, and nobody ever failed to confess" (87). 

This quote stuck out like a sore thumb to me. Here Winston was living in a world where people were tortured until they confessed to their crimes, which of course they would do even if it was untrue. It sounds a lot like today with Bush's new plan on terrorists. His plan is to hold suspected terrorists without phone calls, a lawyer, his constitutional rights, and forms of torture are then performed to get what they want out of him. This is what our government is telling us they are doing, but how do we know they're not breaking bones or smashing teeth in like Winston is telling us they will do. This is by far a scary quote to read; could I or my children be the next prole turned into the Thought Police?