Alan Turing and ”The Imitation Game”

Alan Turing‘s life and the code breaking work at Bletchely Park during WWII has been depicted in the film ”The Imitation Game”. But who was the real Alan Turing?

A filmed drama is fiction no matter if it depicts people who have really lived and historical events which have taken place. Behind the story in the film there are facts and real people. Turing’s family have expressed concerns about how he is described in the film which you can read about in the article ”Don’t turn my uncle’s life into a romance, says Alan Turing’s niece”.

Joan Clark is somewhat romanticised shown in the film. She was the woman who helped crack the Enigma cyphers. She is important as women’s achievements so often are overlooked or forgotten in history. Her interview in a ”BBC Horizon programme, from 1992, is one of the only instances in which she spoke about her time as a cryptanalyst”



You can learn more about Alan Turing: Creator of modern computing at BBC iWonder where he is introduced with

”Alan Turing was not a well known figure during his lifetime. But today he is famous for being an eccentric yet passionate British mathematician, who conceived modern computing and played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in WW2. He was also a victim of mid-20th Century attitudes to homosexuality – he was chemically castrated before dying at the age of 41”.

In 2009  The British Governmen made a public apology for how Alan Turing was treated ”Gordon Brown: I’m proud to say sorry to a real war hero”. Reading ”Life story: Why code-breaker Alan Turing was cast aside by postwar Britain” may give you a better understanding of the time and its prejudices.



also see

 The Enigma Machine and the Bletchley Park Code Breakers

The Curious Incident… (from page to stage)

After having read the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and  having worked with the text in class, you may be interested in knowing somthing about how the book has been adapted for the stage. BBC Learning Zone has a series of clips to watch.


BBC the curious incident


The Curious Incident … (Lesson 1)
The Curious Incident… (Lesson 2)
The Curious Incident… (Lesson 3)
The Curious Incident… (Lesson 4)
The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)
The Curious Incident… (Lesson 6)

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Working with the filmed verison (2004) of Shakespeare’s play.


Before watching the film

Read the story synopsis and the plot overview 

Have a look at themes in The Merchant of Venice: from Sparksnotes

Check up historical references to find out about Venice in the 13th-14th Century, and the status of the Jewish Community in England at Shakespeare’s time.

Find some famous quotes  and expressession (5-10) from The Merchant of Venice. Make a list of these. Find out what they mean or how they are used today.

All Great Quotes: http://www.allgreatquotes.com/shakespearequotes_merchant_venice.shtml

William Shakespeare Quotes: http://www.william-shakespeare.info/quotes-quotations-play-merchant-of-venice.htm

Sparknotes: Important Quotes Explained http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/merchant/quotes.html

You should then watch/listen to the film and pay attention to when and how these words/sentences are used in the story.


After watching the film

Discuss themes in The Merchant of Venice:  use themes from LitCharts

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Discuss the situation of the Jewish community in the story?

Which famous quotes/expressions did you notice and in which context were they used (when and how these words/sentences were used) in the story. Do you see any difference in how these expressions are used today compared to how they are used in the film (play)?

George Orwell

George-orwell-BBCOrwell was a British journalist and author, who wrote two of the most famous novels of the 20th century ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, is how he is presented by BBC History.

At BBC History you can also read that Animal Farm was published in 1945. It is a ”political fable set in a farmyard but based on Stalin’s betrayal of the Russian Revolution”.


Animal Farm strip cartoon


1984-Big-Brother

Nineteen Eighty-Four was published  in 1949. This story is set in an imaginary totalitarian future. (Although 1984 is now in our past). The ”book made a deep impression, with its title and many phrases – such as ‘Big Brother is watching you’, ‘newspeak’ and ‘doublethink’ – entering popular use.”

To learn more about the author George Orwell go to george-orwell.org. Here you can read his work online including  1984 and Animal Farm. If you prefer to listen, the texts are also available as audio books; Animal Farm audio book and 1984 audio book. These hugely popular texts have also been filmed.



 Related post

George Orwell’s 1984

Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

Lesson plan Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for lessons which are 60- 90 minutes long.  The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan or read online.

Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


Lesson 2

I. The teacher starts the lesson with asking students about their work so far.

II. then introduces a short background to slavery in the USA

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Slave Auction, image in Public Domain

Watch Origins of Slavery in America 1413400011_movie

Students then read the text that supplements the film (same link as for the film)

More information can be found at  Spartacus Educationel: Slavery in America


III. The teacher the also introduces a short background to Australia’s Stolen Generations.

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”The term “Stolen Generations” is used for Aboriginal people forcefully taken away (stolen) from their families betweenthe 1890s and 1970s, many to never to see their parents, siblings or relatives again. Because the period covers many decades we speak of “generations” (plural) rather than “generation”

A guide to Australia’s Stolen Generations

Also watch (if possible) a short extract from the motion picture Austrialia, where the boy Nullah is taken. 1413400011_movie



IV. Continue with a group activity.

”Group activity (in class) – In groups of 3-5 students discuss and compare the different issues of slavery in America and The Stolen Children in Australia.

Hand in: Either take notes or make a recording of your discussion and hand in before the end of the lesson.


V. Students continue their work with researching their chosen topic. Save the search results and add these to the document ’list of sources’ already set up.


VI.The teacher shows students how to use the HarvardGenerator for referencing web sources. Just cut and paste your url (the text in you search window) and you will get a proper reference, which you then cut and paste into your reference list.

A. An example: The film Australia (below) with the link http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455824/ Should look like this….

Australia (2008) – IMDb. 2015. Australia (2008) – IMDb. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455824/. [Accessed 08 September 2015].

… in your list of sources


Homework for next lesson:

Homework 2: Hand in a document with your list of sources in proper format using the HarvardGenerator  for referencing. Name your document Civil Rights_references_class_your name.


Extra:

The motion picture Australia (with Nichole Kidman and Hugh Jackman)can be watched with this project and the situation of the child Nullah discussed and analysed as an example of one ’stolen child’.


Civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)

Civil Rights…(Lesson 1)

Lesson plan Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for lessons which are 60- 90 minutes long.  The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan or read online.

Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.

 

 

 


Lesson 1

I. Introduction to the work unit: written instructions are given out, explanations: requirements and time frame etc (see Outline above).
Martin Luther King Jr. - The Civil Rights Movement

II. Martin Luther King Jr. is a logical starting point for the project Civil Rights – in the English Speaking World. The teachers gives an introduction to the Black Civil Rights Movement in the USA.

A. Presentation Martin Luther King Jr.1415297898_stock_save-pdfMartin Luther King jr CC

 

B. On National Geographic’s web page you can find background and vocabulary useful for studying the issue.

C. a timeline is also useful,

D. and  Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech

    is easier to follow if you can also read the text as you listen.

E. For those who want to know more –  The King Center is a good place to start.

F. National Geographic also has more material for those who want to focus on other areas of civil rights.

G. Also see, Civil Rights Movement from History



III. Watch TEDTalk, Yoruba Richen: What the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement

You can also read the TEDBlog, What the LGBT movement learned from civil rights: Yoruba Richen at TED2014 http://blog.ted.com/what-the-lgbt-movement-learned-from-civil-rights-yoruba-richen-at-ted2014/

IV. After watching the film, together in class discuss Civil right in the USA and compare to the situation in your own country.

V. Introduce other areas of civil rights in the English speaking world.

  • The Stolen Children (Australia) and other indigenous populations
  • Women’s lib
  • War veterans
  • Religious groups
  • … suggestions from the students

VI. Students start looking for information and to decide their topic.

A document with a list of sources should be set up;

The teacher shows students how to use the Harvard generator referencing web sources. Just cut and paste your url (the text in you search window) and you will get a proper reference, which you then cut and paste into your reference list.

This first list are possible sources to work with such as: text, film, audio… (links), books, etc. This   list you should then continue to work with as you research your project.


Homework 1: As preparation for next lesson – choose one area of civil rights and start looking for information. Your choice should be set before next lesson. Turn in your chosen topic to your teacher and your list of sources so far. Name your document Civil Rights_references_class_your name.

Also see 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan


Civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

 

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 6)

Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 minutes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


Lesson 6

I. Themes: 101 Common Book Themes

II. The teacher ask students to explain what a theme is. It is essential for writing about themes that you understand the concept.


III.Identifying the Theme in Literature


IV. Group activity – Discuss in groups of 3-5 students. (The teacher will construct the groups). As preparation each student has finished reading the book.

– What themes can you see in your book?

– Give 3-5 examples from the text to support the themes you have found inte the text.

Hand in: Either take notes or make a recording of your discussion and hand in before the end of the lesson.


V. Extra help: Themes and Motifs in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time


How to Write a Book ReportVI. How to construct a logical text. Using the instruction How to Write a Book report.

 


VII. Students start writing the final text in class, where the teacher can give immediate feedback and help with clarifying instructions.

 


Homework 6: Final text. Write a book report (600-800 words) using the instruction 1415297898_stock_save-pdfHow to write a book report. In your text you should also discuss themes (support your discussion with examples from the text) and finish by stating your own opinion. This text will be graded (A-F).


The Curious Incident… (Lesson 1)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 2)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 3)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 4)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)

Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 minutes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


I.Themes:

What are themes? and how do I find them? Theme in Literature

Finding a Theme of a Book

Literary Devices: Theme and examples of themes http://literarydevices.net/theme/

Common themes in literature – tutorial http://www.sophia.org/tutorials/common-themes-in-literature

II. The teacher gives examples of themes in well known stories, for example Lord of The Rings, Snow White etc… And ask students to give examples of stories, films, books… with common themes for example love, good and evil.

 

III.Teacher feedback on the second writing task (Homework 4). IV. Students read in class while individual feedback is given.


Homework 5: Finish reading the book chapters 191-233 for next lesson. Think about themes in the book. Also prepare 3-5 examples from the text to discuss next lesson.


 

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 3)

Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 mintes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


I. Start with a short recapitulation about the main characters. Who are they? What is your impression of them?

II. Characters: How characters are depicted in text. The teacher shows examples of character descriptions using extracts from the text, and then the links below for more examples.

”Never trust anyone who doesn’t believe in the power of the imagination” (William Shakespeare)

The 40 coolest characters in literature

Character Matters

Character Descriptions – Learn from the Pros! ”Show, don’t tell.”

III.Then discuss

what does the expression someones’ singular personality mean, and

how do you look for examples of this in the text?

IV. Teacher feedback on the first writing task (Homework 2).

V. Students read in class while individual feedback is given.

Feedback will focus on form and content.

VI. Review how to discuss literature’ using the presentation, which you can download as pdf

1415297898_stock_save-pdfDiscussion questions for literature(1) or read online.Questions for Discussing Literature


Homework for next lesson:

Homework 3: As preparation for next lesson read 2/3 of the book chapters 109-190.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ESL listening 1415648046_Gnome-Audio-Volume-Medium-321415502558_stock_book_green


The Curious Incident… (Lesson 1)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 2)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 4)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 6)