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									Doublespeak / Ne wspeak Dicti onary Assignment                         AP E nglish IV                 R. Mitchell

Purpose: Students will realize the impact of language and how it directs social opinion. Also, they will
realize the bias inherent in much of language, exploring denotation and con notati on.

Grading: The project is a test grade, and points are determined according to the rubric provided.

Due date: The project is due in its entire ty on or before 31 August 2010. It is due on this date regardless of
whe ther you are present in school or not (e ven if the absence is excused). Thus, you are strongly
encouraged to complete and submi t it as soon as possible. Late dictionaries w be penalized ten points
per day. Dictionaries recei ved on or before 27 August 2010 will recei ve a ten point bonus.

Essential Questions:
         - What part does language play in the production and consumpti on of values?
         - Ho w does George Orwell use language and rhetorical devices to de vel op the themes and achie ve
                  specific effects in 1984?
         - Why are the themes of Orwell’s novel rele vant to life experiences today?

[ELABLRL1] I can analy ze, evaluate, and apply knowledge of the ways authors use language, style, syntax, and
rhetorical strategies for specific purposes in nonfiction works.
[ELABLRL2] I can evaluate the way an author’s choice of words advances the theme or purpose of the work.
[ELABLRL3] I can deepen understanding of literary works by relating them to their contemporary context or
historical background, as well as to works from other time periods.
[ELABLRL4] I can employ a variety of writing genres to demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of significant ideas in
literary works and technical documents, demonstrating awareness of an author’s use of stylistic devices and an
appreciation of the effects created, analyzing the use of language and other particular aspects of a text that contribute
to theme or underlying meaning, analyzing multiple, relevant historical records of a single time period and examining
their critical relationships to a literary work, and including a bibliography which records sources.
[ELABLRL5] I can understand and acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading and writing.
[ELA12LSV2] I can formulate reas oned judgments about written and oral communication in various media genres,
identifying and evaluating strategies used by the media to inf orm, pers uade, entertain, and transmit culture; analyzing
the impact of the media on the democratic process at the local, state, and national levels; identifying and evaluating the
[ELA12C1] I can use appropriate conventions.
[ELA12C2] I can produce writing that conf orms to requirements and cite s ources correctly.
[ELA12C3] I can acquire and use new vocabulary.
[ELA12C4] I can explore life experiences related to subject areas, determining strategies for finding context and
contextual meaning.
[ELA12W I can select a focus relevant to the purpose, and I can support statements and claims with specific
[ELA12W2] I can produce writing in a specific genre.
[ELA12W I can use research and technology to support writing, documenting my sources correctly, using
systematic strategies to organize and record inf ormation, and designing and publishing documents accurately.
[ELA12W ] I can plan and draft independently and res ourcefully, editing to make improvements, clarifying my voice,
and revising to improve sentence variety and style.

Instructions: Collect and NE ATLY record at least fifty words and/or phrases that serve as examples of
“doublespeak” (minimum fifteen) or words that are “Ne wspeak.” Cull them from any source, including
magazines, tele vision, ne wspapers, the Inte rnet, etc. E ach entry must include the word(s), the part(s) of
speech, the definition in context of its use, its location ( whe re you found it), and the meaning w th an
explanation of ho w the word or phrase is an example of either doublespeak or Ne wspeak. You may not
use 1984 itself as a source, although you may find language from the novel in othe r sources, which is
perfectly acceptable. Your dictionary entries do not have to be in alphabetical order.

ethnic cleansing (noun phrase: adjecti ve and gerund) – the killing of Croatians by the Serbians (Tom
Broka w, NBC Nightly Ne ws, 6:30 p.m., 10 August 2008); the phrase is a euphe mism for the elimination of
one race of people by anothe r in order to achie ve racial superiority [doublespeak]
app (noun) – a program designed to allo w movie trailers to play on a “smartphone” (Jess Cagle, “E ditor’s
Lette r” from Entertainment Week ly, #1116/1117, 20/27 August 2010); an abbre viation for the word
“application,” it is a program designed to allo w other programs such as vide os, games, search engines,
maps, etc. to run on an electronic de vice, particularly the cell phone [Ne wspeak]

                       20 points                19-13 points              12-7 points              6-0 points
Number of              The dictionary           The dictionary            The dictionary           The dictionary
“doublespeak”          includes at least        includes fourteen to      includes nine to five    includes four or
words (must            fifteen correctly        ten correctly             correctly identified     fewer correctly
                       identified               identified                doubles peak words       identified
include citations)
                       doubles peak words       doubles peak words        with citations.          doubles peak words
                       with citations.          with citations.                                    with citations.

Number of              The dictionary           The dictionary            The dictionary           The dictionary
“Ne wspeak” words      includes at least        includes thirty-four      includes twenty to       includes ten or fewer
(must include          thirty-five correctly    to twenty-one             eleven correctly         correctly identified
                       identified Newspeak      correctly identified      identified Newspeak      News peak words
                       words with               News peak words           words with               with citations.
                       citations.               with citations.           citations.
Parts of speech        All entries contain      Most entries contain      Some entries contain     Most entries do not
                       correctly identified     correctly identified      correctly identified     contain correctly
                       parts of speech.         parts of speech (no       parts of speech (no      identified parts of
                                                fewer than 80%).          fewer than 50%).         speech (fewer than
                                                                                                   50% are correct).

Contextual             Each entry contains      Most entries contain      Some entries contain     Most entries do not
definitions            a contextual             a contextual              a contextual             contain a contextual
                       definition that          definition that           definition that          definition that
                       defines the word(s)’s    defines the word(s)’s     defines the word(s)’s    defines the word(s)’s
                       meaning with             meaning with              meaning with             meaning with
                       precision and            accuracy (no fewer        accuracy (no fewer       accuracy (fewer than
                       assiduousness.           than 80%).                than 50%).               50% are correct).

E xplanation of the    Each entry contains      Most entries contain      Some entries contain     Most entries do not
meaning of the         an accurate,             an accurate,              an accurate,             contain an accurate,
“doublespeak” or       thoughtful definition    thoughtful definition     thoughtful definition    thoughtful definition
                       that explains the        that explains the         that explains the        that explains the
“Ne wspeak” word
                       word(s)’s meaning in     word(s)’s meaning in      word(s)’s meaning in     word(s)’s meaning in
                       the “doublespeak” or     the “doublespeak” or      the “doublespeak” or     the “doublespeak” or
                       “Newspeak”               “Newspeak”                “Newspeak”               “Newspeak”
                       language.                language (no fewer        language (no fewer       language (fewer than
                                                than 80%).                than 50%).               50% are correct).

Creati vity/Style      The dictionary’s         The dictionary’s          The dictionary’s         The dictionary’s
(extra credit)         binding is exemplary     binding is creative       binding is creative or   binding is creative or
                       in a unique, creative,   and attractive and        attractive and adds      attractive (+3-0
                       and attractive way,      adds to the overall       somewhat to the          points).
                       and it conveys an        impact of the project     overall impact of the
                       extra dimension that     (+9-7 points).            project (+6-4
                       enhances and                                       points).
                       enriches the overall
                       impact of the project
                       (+10 points).

Dictionaries submitted early w have the opportunity for re vision (to earn additional points).

Name: __________________________________________________________ / Rubric Score: ______________________________

Date Recei ved: _________________________________________________ / Points added/subtracted: __________________

                                                                        Final Score (test grade): ___________________

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