Tag Archives: Power

Comparing sample responses

18 Aug

I am a huge fan of deconstructing sample responses with my students in class.  I think it is really helpful for them to be able to understand and apply the criteria to a piece of writing.  Sometimes I provide my students with A-range responses and, in doing so, give them something to aim towards.  However, on other occasions I provide them with weaker responses and we work together to improve them.

Typically the samples I provide are paragraph extracts. I have observed, however, that students struggle with creating introductions that meaningfully engage with the question.  As such, I think this time I will provide my students with a selection of introductions, all responding to the same question.  One of these introductions will be A-range, and the others B, C and D-range.  Students will be required to annotate the introductions according to a provided set of a criteria and, based on their annotations, order the introductions from A to D range.

 

90 second thesis

4 Aug

I am on a mission to find creative ways of helping my students to develop requisite skills and revise knowledge.  It is now halfway through the year and I think it is time to up my game in terms of the learning activities that I offer my students.

One activity that I am keen to try is a game entitled ’90 second thesis’.  Here, students listen to 90s music while moving around the room.  When the music stops, students grab a pen, pad of paper and partner and work together to write a thesis statement that responds to an essay question.  In keeping with the 90s theme, students have only 90 seconds to write their thesis statements.  After the 90 seconds have expired, students share their thesis statements with the class.

I think this activity would be valuable as it would help build students’ confidence regarding (a) the composition of thesis statements and (b) to compose said thesis statements quickly, as would be required under exam conditions.

Post-it note conceptual mapping

26 Jul

I teach a number of mid to lower ability classes in which students struggle to understand nuances of the concepts and ideas that we explore as part of the English course.

To help students think critically and creatively about a topic, I want to implement a new approach to creating concept maps.  I plan to provide students with a concept and a set of post-it notes.  Working individually, students are going to write down words and phrases associated with that concept.  Then, students will work in small groups, pool their post-it notes and discuss the words and phrases they consider relevant.  They might also add additional words and phrases to the mix if required.  A class discussion will follow.  Students will then work in their groups to organise their post it notes so that the most important words/phrases or in the middle and the least important are on the margins.  In their groups they will have to discuss, agree and justify their criteria for importance.   The concept maps and reasoning behind them will then be shared with the class.

I am hoping that the ‘thinking pauses’ and discussions built in to this activity will help students to develop their reasoning skills and ability to engage critically with concepts studied.

Debating in the classroom

26 Apr

A recent presentation that I made at school has got me thinking about ways to incorporate interactive debating-style activities in the classroom.  Below are the ideas that are going through my head at the moment:

  1. A traditional debate.  Here, students are provided with a high modality statement relevant to what is being studied, divided into teams, and asked to research the topic.  One team argues in favour of the proposition, the other against it.  This could be an interesting mode of formative assessment, perhaps in the early stages of an AOS unit.  After building the field, a debate could be used to test students’ knowledge of the core concept.  Potentially, this activity could be revisited at the end of the unit in order to ascertain how well students can apply their knowledge of texts studied to ‘prove’ viewpoints about the focus concept.  I think this activity would work particularly well in a strong Year 10 class, or a strong Years 11 or 12 Advanced English class.
  2. A stakeholder debate.  As in a traditional debate, students are provided with a high modality statement relevant to what is being studied in class.  However, instead of attacking the statement from TWO sides, the statement can be engaged with from the perspectives of relevant stakeholders.  Each stakeholder is allocated time to present his or her opinion.  After all key opinions have been aired, each stakeholder receives another opportunity to speak.  At this point, s/he must engage with the ideas and allegations made by other stakeholders.  For stronger classes, there is also an opportunity for stakeholders (or an audience) to ask each other questions to clarify viewpoints.  This type of activity would work particularly well in a junior class (years 7, 8 or 9) where the topic covered relates to issues of social or community importance.
  3. Ping Pong Debate.  In this debate, ideas bounce around the room like a ping pong ball does during a game.  Here, the teacher throws a potentially controversial statement to the class.  The first student standing responds to that statement, either endorsing it or refuting it.  Once that student’s allocated time expires, the next student standing gets an opportunity to respond.  This time, the student can extend the response of the previous speaker or make a counter-claim.  When I use this activity in my class, I encourage students to structure their responses using the PEEL format (Point, Example, Explanation, Link).  If I were doing this activity with weaker classes, I would write the acronym on the board and appoint a student as ‘Captain PEEL’, tasking him/her with redirecting the speaker to address any missed elements.  This debate works well as part of a building the field activity when learning about a new concept.  It can also work well at the end of a unit if students are also required to utilise their knowledge of a text studied in their responses.  My stronger Years 9 and 10 classes in the past have previously enjoyed this activity immensely.
  4. Room for debate.   In this debate, students are required to move around the class room.  The teacher provides a topic for discussion.   Upon first hearing the topic, students have to move to one of three signs which have been posted around the room: agree, disagree, not sure.  The teacher then asks one student who agrees with the statement to provide a reason for his/her position.  Encourage students to use the PEEL structure when formulating their response.  As they listen to the student’s argument, students who are convinced can leave their positions and move to the ‘agree’ group.  Repeat, this time allowing a student in the ‘disagree’ group to speak.  Then, a student in the ‘not sure’ group has the opportunity to ask a question, one student from each of the ‘agree’ and ‘disagree’ groups must respond to that question.  The ‘not sure’ student must then move to the group whose answer was most convincing.  The aim of the game is to stop students from ‘fence sitting’ and encourage them to commit to a position.

Pairs of texts

31 Mar

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about interesting textual pairings for study as part of a comparative unit.  Many of my ideas are not suitable for my school context or the ability levels of my classes.  However, I do think that, in the right contexts and with the right classes, all could form the basis of interesting and engaging units.

  1. A Lesson Before Dying (novel) & To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
  2. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Freedom Writers (film)
  3. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Girl At War (novel)
  4. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  5. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Schindler’s List (film)
  6. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  7. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & The Devil That Danced on Water (non-fiction)
  8. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Poetry of Wilfred Owen (poetry)
  9. Americanah (novel) & selected episodes of Black-ish (television series)
  10. A Monster Calls (novel) & Boy (film)
  11. A Monster Calls (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  12. A Monster Calls (novel/film) & Frankenstein (novel)
  13. And Then There Were None (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  14. Animal Farm (novel) & Selection of episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  15. Antigone (play) and Home Fire (novel)
  16. Anzac Girls (television series) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  17. Bad Feminist (collection of essays) & For Colored Girls (film)
  18. Bad Feminist (collection of essays) & When I Hit You (novel)
  19. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  20. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Dreamer (novel)
  21. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Kite Runner (film or graphic novel)
  22. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  23. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & Boy (film)
  24. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & The Kite Runner (graphic novel)
  25. Beloved (novel) & Dracula (novel)
  26. Beloved (novel) & Frankenstein (novel)
  27. Beloved (novel) & Icarus Girl (novel)
  28. Beloved (novel) & Uncle Tom’s Cabin (novel)
  29. Beloved (novel) & Unconfessed (novel)
  30. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Americanah (novel)
  31. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Selected short stories of Chinua Achebe (short stories)
  32. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Desdemona (play)
  33. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & God Help the Child (novel)
  34. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Kissing the Witch (novel)
  35. Brave New World (novel) & The Crucible (play)
  36. Brave New World (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  37. Brave New World (novel) & V for Vendetta (film)
  38. Briar Rose (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  39. Briar Rose (novel) & Lion (film)
  40. Briar Rose (novel) & Night (autobiography)
  41. Briar Rose (novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  42. Deadline (novel) & Dead Poets Society (film)
  43. Deadline (novel) & The Fault In Our Stars (film)
  44. Deadline (novel) & The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (film)
  45. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  46. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  47. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Invictus (film)
  48. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Remember the Titans (films)
  49. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  50. El Deafo (graphic novel) & The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel)
  51. Etiquette and Espionage (novel) & Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (film)
  52. Exit West (novel) & Romeo and Juliet (play)
  53. Exit West (novel) & The poetry of Selina Nwulu (poetry)
  54. Exit West (novel) & The poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  55. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & After the Storm (film)
  56. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & 11’09’01 (collection of short films)
  57. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & Lion (film)
  58. Face (novel) & The Intouchables (film)
  59. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & Persepolis (graphic novel or film)
  60. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & V For Vendetta (film)
  61. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf (choreopoem) & When I Hit You (novel)
  62. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf (choreopoem) & Mustang (film)
  63. Frankenstein (novel) & Boy, Snow, Bird (novel)
  64. Frankenstein (novel) & Frankenweenie (film)
  65. Frankenstein (novel) & The Iron Giant (film)
  66. Frankenstein (novel) & Metropolis (film)
  67. Frankenstein (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  68. Frankenstein (novel) & The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film)
  69. Frankenstein (novel) & The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel)
  70. Girl Rising (film) & Poetry of Maya Angelou (poetry)
  71. Girl Rising (film) & When I Hit You (novel)
  72. Hamlet (play) & A Monster Calls (novel/film)
  73. Hamlet (play) & Nutshell (novel)
  74. Hamlet (play) & The Lion King (film)
  75. Hiroshima (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  76. Jasper Jones  (novel) & The Help (film)
  77. Jasper Jones (novel) & To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
  78. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  79. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television show)
  80. King Richard II (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  81. Life of Pi (novel) & Castaway (film)
  82. Lord of the Flies (novel) & Where the Wild Things Are (film)
  83. Lord of the Flies (novel) & The Hunger Games (film)
  84. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Designated Survivor (television series)
  85. Macbeth (play) & The Dressmaker (film)
  86. Macbeth (play) & The Gods of Wheat Street (television series)
  87. Macbeth (play) & The Kite Runner (graphic novel, novel or film)
  88. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  89. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television series)
  90. Maus (graphic novel) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  91. Maus (graphic novel) & Night (autobiography)
  92. Maus (graphic novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  93. March (novel) & Little Wome(novel)
  94. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (novel) & The Fault in Our Stars (film)
  95. Night (autobiography) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  96. Night (autobiography) & Beatrice and Virgil (novel)
  97. Night (autobiography) & Girl At War (novel)
  98. Night (autobiography) & Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography)
  99. Night (autobiography) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  100. Night (autobiography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  101. Night (autobiography) & The Seven Stages of Grieving (play)
  102. Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel) & Pleasantville (film)
  103. Nona and Me (novel) & Looking for Alibrandi (film)
  104. Nona and Me (novel) & September (film)
  105. Of Mice and Men (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  106. Othello (play) & Boy Snow Bird (novel)
  107. Othello (play) & Desdemona (play)
  108. Othello (play) & Gone Girl (film)
  109. Othello (play) & Jasper Jones (novel)
  110. Othello (play) & New Boy (novel)
  111. Othello (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  112. Othello (play) & V For Vendetta (film)
  113. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Girl At War (novel)
  114. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  115. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Lion (film)
  116. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Maus (graphic novel)
  117. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Night (autobiography)
  118. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  119. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bride and Prejudice (film)
  120. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bridget Jones’s Diary (film)
  121. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Mustang (film)
  122. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & The Wedding Plan (film)
  123. Refugee Boy (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  124. Refugee Boy (novel) & The African Doctor (film)
  125. Refugee Boy (novel) & The Arrival (picture book)
  126. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Alex and Eve (film)
  127. Romeo & Juliet (play) & A United Kingdom (film)
  128. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  129. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Hairspray (film)
  130. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Meet the Patels (film)
  131. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Mustang (film)
  132. Romeo & Juliet (play) & My Big Fat Greek Wedding (film)
  133. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Tanna (film)
  134. Romeo & Juliet (play) & The Fault in Our Stars (film or novel)
  135. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Titanic (film)
  136. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Viceroy’s House (film)
  137. Romeo & Juliet (play) & West Side Story (film)
  138. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television show)
  139. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Green Bicycle (novel)
  140. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Kite Runner (novel or graphic novel)
  141. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Wadjda (film)
  142. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  143. Scattered Lives (play) & Americannah (novel)
  144. Scattered Lives (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  145. Scattered Lives (play) & Looking for Alibrandi (novel)
  146. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Peter Skrzynecki (poetry)
  147. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Selina Nwulu (poetry)
  148. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  149. Schindler’s Ark (novel) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  150. Speak (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  151. Speak (novel) & The Lovely Bones (novel)
  152. Speak (novel) & The Scarlet Letter (novel)
  153. Speak (novel) & When I Hit You (novel)
  154. Stargirl (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  155. Station Eleven (novel) & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (play)
  156. Station Eleven (novel) & Hag-Seed (novel)
  157. Station Eleven (novel) & Never Let Me Go (novel or film)
  158. Station Eleven (novel) & The Tempest (play)
  159. Stolen (play) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  160. Stolen (play) & The Rabbits (picture book)
  161. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  162. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (memoir) & Queen of Katwe (film)
  163. The Color Purple (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  164. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  165. The Dreamer (novel) & Billy Elliot (film)
  166. The Drover’s Wife (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  167. The Drover’s Wife (play) & ‘The Drover’s Wife’ (short story)
  168. The Drover’s Wife (play) & When I Hit You (novel)
  169. The First Third (novel) & Boy (film)
  170. The Fault in Our Stars (novel) & Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (film)
  171. The Handmaid’s Tale (novel/television series) & Never Let me Go (novel/film)
  172. The Help (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  173. The Help (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  174. The Help (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  175. The Outsiders (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  176. The Outsiders (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  177. The Outsiders (novel) & Yolngu Boy (film)
  178. The Rabbits (picture book) & Deadly, Unna? (novel)
  179. The Rabbits (picture book) & Poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (poetry)
  180. The Rabbits (picture book) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  181. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  182. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & And Then There Were None (novel)
  183. The Scarlet Letter (novel) & Easy A (film)
  184. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & The Real Inspector Hound (play)
  185. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  186. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel) & The Drover’s Wife (play)
  187. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  188. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (novel) & Hamlet (play or film)
  189. The Kite Runner (novel) & Big Fish (film)
  190. The Kite Runner (novel) & Boy (film)
  191. The Queue (novel) & Animal Farm (novel)
  192. The Queue (novel) & Brave New World (novel)
  193. The Queue (novel) & Fahrenheit 451 (novel/film)
  194. The Queue (novel) & Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel)
  195. The Queue (novel) & Persepolis (film/graphic novel)
  196. ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (short story) & Icarus Girl (novel)
  197. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  198. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Boy, Snow, Bird (novel)
  199. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  200. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Poetry of Langston Hughes (poetry)
  201. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Jasper Jones (novel)
  202. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Pleasantville (film)
  203. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  204. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  205. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  206. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Hate U Give (novel)
  207. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Help (film)
  208. To This Day (graphic novel) & Wonder (novel)
  209. To This Day (graphic novel) & Face (novel)
  210. Vernon God Little (novel) & Elephant (film)
  211. Vinegar Girl (novel) & The Taming of the Shrew (play)
  212. Vinegar Girl (novel) & 10 Things I Hate About You (film)
  213. Voices from Chernobyl (non-fiction) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  214. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  215. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Wilfred Owen (poetry)

REVIEW: ‘The First Third’

26 Mar

Until recently, I had not heard of Will Kostakis.  In fact, my decision to read his novel The First Third was an ‘anti-boycott’, a response to a much publicised decision by a school to revoke an invitation for Kostakis to address their students in light of the coming out announcement made by Kostakis on his blog.  To me, the school’s decision made little sense.  After all, Kostakis was to address students about his novel not his private life.

I am very glad I was prompted to purchase and read The First Third because it is a fantastic book!  The novel is a coming of age text, following the experiences of Billy as he navigates the complexities of school, love, family and friendship.

In this text, Kostakis does a fantastic job of representing the diversity and complexity of our worlds: for example, Billy and his family are Greek, Billy’s best friend Lucas is gay and has cerebral palsy, and Billy’s mother is a single mum.  The text also features an opinionated grandmother, and a family divided by interests and distance. To me, this world seems far more ‘real’ than some of the cookie-cutter type families represented in YA fiction and, I suspect, will thus resonate better with my students.

Power, prejudice and social institutions

18 Mar

I am really struggling with how to help my students to appreciate the complexities of power as a concept.  I am particularly keen to help my students understand that power can be wielded by institutions and that the prejudices of a community can render particular individuals or groups powerless.

The obvious choice to prove this point would be Harper Lee’s acclaimed novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  However, I cannot use extracts from this as a related text as other classes are studying it.  As such, I have been looking for an alternative.  At the moment, the best alternative I have found is an excerpt from A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.  As in To Kill a Mockingbird, institutionalised racism means that an African American man must pay (with his life) for a crime perpetrated against a white man.

The excerpt is also interesting as it engages with the power that fear (caused by circumstances and appreciation of social realities) can have over an individual.

 

Understanding strength

17 Mar

I think it is important that students come to understand that literature is not simply created by Westerners.  It is also important for students to learn to value literary texts that speak to experiences and places that are unfamiliar to them.

With these principles in mind, I want my students to read and discuss Chenjerai Hove’s poem ‘The Strength of the Republic‘.  The poem engages with the concept of strength, and seeks to shift the focus from strength as demonstrated in physical and violent terms.

This poem offers students an opportunity to reflect upon the notion that power can be measured in ways that have nothing to do with physicality.  Indeed, it is this kind of discussion that will help to make my students conceptual thinkers.

Talking about power

16 Mar

I want my Year 10 students to understand that power relationships are complex, that language has power, and that individuals can be empowered by the act of sharing their experiences.

To demonstrate this to them, I think I want to show them extracts of an interview with Hanna Jansen, author of Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You.   As noted previously on this blog, Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You is a text about the Rwandan genocide.   The depth of discussion that could be triggered by Jansen’s interview is epitomised in the quote below:

“She felt an urgent need to tell about her witnessing the murder of her mother and her brother, so she spoke about it again and again. It seemed to me as if she wanted to free herself from the terrible nightmares that drove her out of bed at night.”

In this quote, we learn about the deaths of a young girl’s mother and brother.  Here, the word “witnessing” positions the girl as weak, defenceless, powerless.  Indeed, she is characterised as a helpless spectator.  Yet, unlike her mother and brother, she is alive.  In this sense, she possesses power to memorialise and commemorate them.  Furthermore, it would be interesting to discuss the power the past has over the girl, and whether or not that power manifests in the same ways over the course of the girl’s life.

Making connections between texts and the world

9 Mar

The Huffington Post recently ran two articles which would be perfect to use when making real world connections with texts.

In the first article, entitled ‘Is This Modern Book Burning?‘ the author refers, amongst other things, to the recent decision of a Catholic school to ‘dis-invite’ an author to speak to students after he revealed he was gay.  The author sees this act as a form of censorship which is unconscionable and, (perhaps melodramatically) notes that this puts Australia “one step away from building a pile of books, dousing them in petrol, and striking a match.”  This article, and the inevitable ensuing discussion about censorship as imposed by institutions, would be a great springboard for making connections between the ideas in Fahrenheit 451 and the real world.

The second article, entitled ‘Are We Living in 1984, Even Though It’s 2016‘ is about surveillance as facilitated by citizens’ sharing (often unknowingly) of data and information with various applications and companies.   As suggested by the title of the article, this article can be used to prompt students to discuss some of key themes of Orwell’s 1984.