If only the 1984 characters could communicate with each other...
This is a creative assignment I designed to evaluate students' understanding of characters in 1984; however, it can be used with any character from literature or history...even current "characters" in the news.
The directions for the activity are as follows:
---Imagine that your character exists in our society.
---Imagine a phone homepage that displays his or her apps.
---Choose apps from the following options, and then complete the illustration/discussion component for each. (Brief description= 154-259 words).
---You may be comical, but be sure to accurately represent your character’s traits as we’ve discussed them so far in the novel.
---You will be evaluated on creativity and evidence of your understanding of the plot and character.
--- I provide a blank cell phone where students draw or paste a background.
---They must then choose options under categories that include:
----Entertainment (Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube),
----social connections (Facebook, Instagram, and match.com),
----shopping on Amazon,
----legitimate news, and
----self-indulgence (selfies, bitmoji, ringtones, games).
Students are required to discuss why their character would have accessed or posted various items.
The kids really love this project and I get awesome results.
My project for 1984 is especially amusing to the kids because it features Winston with a speech bubble saying, "You used to call me on my cell phone" and a graphic with Julia’s head on Drake's body dancing to that song.
If you have a few skills with Word you can adjust the graphic, if not, I'm sure there's someone around who can help you out.
Please have a look at my other 1984 products including:
---individual chapter activities
---activities focusing on Goldstein's book
----------"The Ultimate Guide to Goldstein's Book"
----------graphic organizers and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation
----------creative group presentation project
---tests and essay prompts
---an introduction to Orwell and 1984 PowerPoint presentation
---final group researched presentation comparing Oceania to today's society
--------------------COMPLETE UNIT, BUNDLED!--------------------
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These resources have been student tested and approved throughout my 31 years of teaching the novel!
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Character's Cell Phone Store