1984 Literary Analysis and Discussion Questions - Modern Parallels to Real Life

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My seniors really loved this! It was a good way to begin wrapping up the book, keep them engaged, and for them to see how relevant 1984 is today!
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How does 1984 relate to real life? Explore modern parallels between George Orwell’s classic novel and real life. Updated in 2022! Includes discussion questions and hyperlinks to real-world texts for comparison.

Included with this Literary Analysis Activity for 1984 by George Orwell:

✏️  Five Literary Analysis Graphic Organizers - Digital & Print

  • Examine modern parallels using hyperlinks to real-world texts
  • Analyze real-life connections to “Doublethink,” “Ministry of Truth,” “Ministry of Peace,” “the Telescreen,” and “Big Brother”

✏️  Detailed Answer Key 

✏️ Teacher Instructions for using this resource

How to use this Modern Parallels Activity for 1984 by George Orwell:

1984 by George Orwell is a classic dystopian novel recounting one man's rebellion against an oppressive and restrictive regime. Rich with parallels to historical and modern societies, this story highlights themes surrounding propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, and mass control.

This activity prompts students to define key concepts in 1984, including "Doublethink," "The Ministry of Peace," "The Ministry of Truth," "the Telescreen," and "Big Brother." These concepts have been paired with a variety of articles and external sources to establish modern parallels between Orwellian theory and our current world.

These modern parallels critically examine the oil and gas industry, imperial cults, social media, real-world propaganda, and modern warfare.

Students can follow the hyperlinks within each literary analysis graphic organizer to read through the real-world text.  They can then compare it to the key concept in 1984 by responding to the literary analysis prompt.  

There are multiple ways to facilitate this activity with your students:

  • You can group students together to read the external sources and discuss the parallels
  • You can also have students work on this activity independently
  • You can divide articles among students and have them share their articles and analysis with the class

For an extension assignment, have students research an additional parallel of their own discovery.

⭒ For classrooms utilizing Google Classroom® ⭒

To access the digital version of these worksheets, simply follow the instructions within the resource to copy the files directly to your Google Drive®.

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June 23, 2021

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My seniors really loved this! It was a good way to begin wrapping up the book, keep them engaged, and for them to see how relevant 1984 is today!

Chris C.

May 5, 2021

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Extremely satisfied

I can tell my class really bought into this activity because they had so much to say. This was a great springboard into discussing other connections between 1984 and the real world...I've taught this novel in the past and often students are reluctant to make connections but this time they were getting very creative. I don't know if it's because I taught this novel during a pandemic or if it's because these connections inspired them to find their own but either way this was my favorite activity to do with this novel. Highly recommend!

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September 6, 2019

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What a fantastic resource!! This is so comprehensive and I really appreciate the variety of webpages and articles included. Thanks also for including an answer key! This is such a valuable product!

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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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