This product includes three different engaging resources for the novel 1984:
★ 1984 Gallery Walk Activity
This is a gallery walk assignment for the novel that requires students to view and write about images related to the text. A gallery walk is an activity that requires students to circulate around the room while thoughtfully observing and analyzing visual content. I have included two websites within the product that feature different images related to the text. In the included directions, I specify how you should select five images for students to perform a gallery walk with. Note that I also included a website link on the assignment itself in case you want students to select their own images, independently, to analyze.
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During the exercise, students walk around the room in silence and view each 1984-related image; as they view, they respond to the questions on the handout, which require them to reflect, write, and make connections to the book. This activity can be followed up with paired and/or whole class discussion or extended writing.
I have included directions and a two page handout/graphic organizer.
★ 1984 Blog Activity
Students are used to composing online (think Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and this assignment capitalizes on this familiarity by requiring students to blog from a literary character's perspective from the book. The document includes directions, two free blogging websites students can use (one is accessible if students have a free Google account), requirements for the activity, and a rubric. Students can compose individually or work in pairs.
→ Essentially, students must choose a literary character from the novel and publish at least four blog posts, of at least 250 words each, from their character's perspective that correspond with four different moments from the text. They write in first person in their character's voice.
→ While doing so, they have to be sure that their blog posts reference specific events/interactions from the text, and they also have to include links to websites and images/videos that reflect their character's interests and personality. Students must cite their resources in MLA format, and their writing must be grammatically sound, clear, and creative.
★ 1984 Thematic Response Chart
1.) There are four symbols at the top of the chart that represent different themes (psychological control, danger of totalitarianism, society vs. individual, and power of technology) in the text. During or after reading, students will record a quote in the left-hand column that connects to one or more of the themes listed at the top. Then, in the corresponding column beneath the related theme(s), students will compose a brief response detailing how their quote represents/exemplifies their selected 1984 theme(s).
2.) When they finish filling out the chart, students will record thoughts in the section at the bottom of the page. This is a good opportunity for students to practice composing a good, tight paragraph.
3.) Finally, students can share quotes, thoughts, etc. from their chart during whole class discussion.
I have included directions and a two page chart/graphic organizer.
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