This lesson could be used as part of a novel study on 1984 by George Orwell, or independently to discuss themes of totalitarianism or just to talk about likes/ dislikes in a fun/interesting way. Students discuss their knowledge of some of the major themes, learn key terms that originated in the novel, then watch a short video about Room 101 (optional). Finally students discuss what they would like to send to Room 101.
**Please note: The concept of Room 101 discussed in this lesson departs from the original portrayal in the novel. Rather than a torture device using a person's worst fears, the concept of Room 101 is a place in which to cast your greatest fears or annoyances into oblivion. Whilst not being 100% true to the novel, it is still tangentially related and a fun way to see Orwell's influence on popular culture and our modern lexicon**
1. Ask students about their knowledge of the book.
2. Tell students to do the vocabulary.
3. Many clips of the British TV show, ‘ROOM 101’ are available on YouTube. You may choose to show students a short clip to give students an idea of the concept of Room 101 – including that it can be used to banish intangible things. One example is this video featuring Ricky Gervais: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wscUHIx1Fcc Here Gervais talks about banishing children from restaurants (Make sure to stop it by 3:00).
4. Tell students to put the listed things into the categories of tangible (1,2,9,10), intangible (3,5,7,8,11), or societal (4,6).
5. Students list what they would like to send to Room 101, and share their answers with the class.
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