Friday, August 1, 2008

Big Brother Blogger

George Orwell kept a diary that will be offered by Orwell Diaries on a daily basis starting August 9. What a great way to complement a reading of 1984:
The Orwell Prize is delighted to announce that, to mark the 70th anniversary of the diaries, each diary entry will be published on this blog exactly seventy years after it was written, allowing you to follow Orwell’s recuperation in Morocco, his return to the UK, and his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time. The diaries end in 1942, three years into the conflict.

Begin each lesson with a reading of the 'blog' to have Orwell reveal himself to your students, from both the personal as well as political perspective:
What impression of Orwell will emerge? From his domestic diaries (which start on 9th August), it may be a largely unknown Orwell, whose great curiosity is focused on plants, animals, woodwork, and – above all – how many eggs his chickens have laid. From his political diaries (from 7th September), it may be the Orwell whose political observations and critical thinking have enthralled and inspired generations since his death in 1950.

Mark your calendar, or better yet, subscribe to the site today.

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