Today we begin the satirical novel Brave New World. See the CTLS Announcement for information on how to access the digital text.
We will briefly discuss the tasks you will be asked to complete at the end of the novel, take a brief look at some background information on the novel, and begin reading Chapter 1 of the novel. Chapter 1 is very complex with LOTS of details. This sets the foundation for much of the book, so it is important that you truly understand what is going on.
Download these files from the Brave New World folder of the Google drive:
“Brave New World Lens Tracking Sheet.pdf” “LP_Brave_New_WorldFinal-pp 13-14 Study Guide.pdf.”
I will not be taking these up; however, if you complete them as you read, you will do MUCH better on the final assessment over this book. In the final assessment, you will be asked to complete a multiple-choice test and write an essay explaining the messages that are revealed when the book is viewed through one of the lenses we studied this semester: cultural, feminist, or Marxist – your choice.
For today’s assignment, follow these steps:
- Look at the presentations titled “BNW Intro SP20.”
- Begin reading (or listening to) Chapter 1 of Brave New World and look at the presentations “BNW Ch 1 Notes” and “Words in Context BNW Check” on the Google drive in the Brave New World folder. You might find it helpful to look at the presentation with the notes before you read the chapter. This is a very complex chapter with LOTS of details about the World State. It might help you to have some idea what is going on before you read the chapter, but it’s up to you, really, which you do first.