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Materials for Tuesday 2/20

English IV: Peer Editing Criteria for your definition essays

Science Fiction: “Harrison Bergeron” questions (based on

  1. What is the central message of this story? What does Kurt Vonnegut want readers to think or feel after reading?
  2. How do you define equality? Are the citizens of the United States in 2081 truly “equal”? How about citizens today?
  3. Did Harrison’s rebellion accomplish anything?
  4. Why was Harrison able to break the basic laws of gravity after freeing himself from handicaps? Why would the author choose to do this?
  5. Why aren’t George and Hazel more affected by seeing the death of their son on TV? Is this a blessing or a curse?
  6. If Harrison were allowed to declare himself Emperor, how do you think he would have changed society? Would it have been better, worse, or the same? Consider criteria for Utopias vs Dystopias.
  7. What handicaps does society impose on people today? Are all talented people encouraged to develop their talents? If so, how? If not, why not?

AP Lang: Guide for taking notes on Dr. Strangelove
Note the following items as you watch, focusing only on those items that have a significant effect. Make sure you are, first and foremost, paying attention to the film and the way it is constructed.

  1. Names of characters–leaving room to add key traits and actions
  2. Allusions
  3. Any literary or rhetorical devices they notice
  4. Irony and other elements of satire
  5. Filmmaking techniques that help with satire or significantly affect tone
    1. Camera angles, focus, and movement
    2. Acting/ casting choices
    3. Light and shadow
    4. Editing (length of individual shots, pacing)
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