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1984 Characterization Cell Phone Activity--Fun and Creative

1984 Characterization Cell Phone Activity--Fun and Creative
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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!--------------------

Just click here to browse my 1984 resources:

1984 STORE

These resources have been student tested and approved throughout my 31 years of teaching the novel!

To see this activity designed for other novels and plays, just click below:

Character's Cell Phone Store

Thank you.


Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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