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Video Project: Brave New World

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to:

  1. Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences
  2. Comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual, and multimedia forms, and respond personally, critically, and creatively.
  3. Manage ideas and information
    • determine inquiry or research requirements
    • follow a plan of inquiry
  4. Create oral, print, visual, and multimedia texts, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
  5. Respect, support, and collaborate with others

Specific Outcomes:

  1. Students will produce a Project Proposal plan in response to Mustapha Mond’s Department of Propaganda .
  2. Students will internalize focus questions.
  3. Students will identify Propaganda Techniques.
  4. Students will infuse ICT outcomes.
  5. Students will work well with others in groups.
  6. Students will prepare a script, storyboard, and a 3-5 minute video.
  7. Students will experience shooting video with a Canon FS10 and editing video with iMovie 08.
  8. Students will improve their “TIC” (Technique, Insight, Communication).

Learning Activities and Strategies:

Roles: Leader, Editor, Script Writer, Actor/ress

Students will produce a 3-5 minute video roleplaying an employee of Mustapha Mond’s Department of Propaganda:

  • select one of 4 “Subdepartments
  • select focus questions from World Perspectives–The Social Experience
    • What are our responsibilities to others?
    • What is “truth” and what is “justice”?
    • What is the nature of ambition and power?
    • What is social criticism?
    • How can we make the world a better place?
  • submit a Proposal be approved by a group leader and teacher.
  • determine lighting, sound effects, props, locations.
  • submit storyboard and script to be approved by a group leader and teacher.

Resources and Materials:


  • /1 Proposal
  • /1 Script/Storyboard
  • /8 Video Project
  • /1 Burn, upload, share video


  • 2 weeks


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With the resources and virtually unlimited media access of the State, your job is to help design and shoot a public service announcement for your subdepartment to be broadcast over the airwaves and through the digital pipes of our world

  • Your video presentation should be polished and smooth, upbeat yet to the point, and simple but catchy.
  • It must effectively and dramatically convey the message that obedience to the values and organization of our society leads to individual virtue and sanity, thereby bringing about stability and happiness for all.
  • The broadcast should last between 4-5 minutes and should be perfectly understandable and equally digestible to both an Alpha-Plus and Delta-Minus.
  • Your message will be broadcast tens of thousands of times over weeks and even months and millions of viewers will be exposed to it, so your work must be of the highest quality. It cannot seem stale and boring after only a handful of viewings.

In selecting you to work in his Department of Propaganda, Mustapha Mond has the highest confidence in your ability to produce creative work realizing these high expectations. In particular, he wishes that you not lose sight of the following questions:

  • How can you fashion your message so as to gain maximum acceptance by the target audience?
  • What tricks can you use to make your message seem reasonable and not overbearing?
  • What techniques can you use to influence people without their feeling manipulated or controlled?
  • Is your message upbeat and is the tone appropriate to our brave new world?
  • Will your slogans and/or jingles stay in people’s minds afterwards? Are they simple? Are they catchy?
  • Is the video broadcast polished and attention grabbing?
  • Does it reinforce the core message of your subdepartment, as well as the general values of the World State?

While you read…Brave New World

Using the format of a blog, comment at the end of each reading session on both the substance of your reading and its effects on you.

Record pages or sections on which you are commenting. Record your impressions of characters, events, conflicts, descriptions. Record responses to your own questions. Record questions about the novel as you read. Respond to course focus questions.

Make sure you take the time after, during, or before each reading session to make an entry into your blog. 10-15 sentences per reading session might be enough.

Make each entry interesting, personal, intelligent. Avoid retelling the story or simply “dumbing-down” the text. Write posts that engages your readers in critical thinking, enhances their attention span, and fills them with speculative awe.

Write several short posts per week, once a day at least. Write longer posts when your mood strikes you. Tag each post before publishing. Use categories such as the following to keep your responses organized:

Community, Identity, Stability
Science and Technology
Sensual Pleasures
Family Life

Track the posts you make and the comments you send and receive in a spreadsheet. Try to spend no more than 15 minutes on the computer per class. If that isn’t enough, do more work at home or during spare time. There is a need for quite, concentrated reading time during your day. Here we go.

Should machines be “smarter” than humans?

Start here(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity).

Are any of Huxley’s machines “smart”? Does Huxley’s future have any need for computation? Why, why not?

Consider Huxley, what would be a “predicted future event believed to precede immense technological progress in an unprecedentedly brief time”?(Look at a the real world goal of Zyvex)

Is Asimov enough?

What would Young Macduff give as a cheeky response to the “rise of the machines”?