1984 Unit Plan - Literary Analysis Novel Study Modern Parallels - Digital, Print

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    1984 PACING GUIDE Week-by-Week Curriculum Outline


    Updated in 2022! This modern novel study includes literary analysis activities, chapter discussion questions, a pacing guide, and everything you need to dive deep into 1984 by George Orwell.  Suitable for online learning and Google Classroom®!

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    Included with this Unit Plan for George Orwell’s 1984:

    ✏️  Bell Ringer Comprehension Quizzes for Each Chapter - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Comprehension and Discussion Questions for Parts 1, 2, and 3 - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Symbolism Graphic Organizers - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Modern Parallels Literary Analysis Activity - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Guided Reading Comprehension Questions for Goldstein’s Book - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Interactive Map of Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Literary Analysis Activity for “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism” - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Comprehension and Discussion Questions for “Politics and the English Language” - Digital & Print

    ✏️  Hyperlinks to Supplementary Resources

    ✏️  Assignment Instructions and Writing Prompts - PDF and Google Docs®

    ✏️  Editable 4-Level Rubrics  - PDF and Google Docs®

    ✏️  Detailed Answer Keys

    ✏️  Teacher Instructions for using these resources

    Resources Included with this Unit Plan for George Orwell’s 1984:

    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 rigorous and engaging novel study will help students gain deeper access to the theories and concepts of this brilliant novel.  This bundle is freshly updated, no-prep, and ready-to-print!  Follow the pacing guide included with this unit to guide you through the following resources:

    1. Bell Ringer Comprehension Quizzes - Chapter-by-Chapter Questions about Plot Summary

    Includes 48 close reading comprehension questions in total! Encourage students to avoid online summaries and read George Orwell’s 1984 with attention to detail using these chapter-by-chapter bell ringer quizzes.  

    These reading questions are developed to assess a student's close reading of the text and quiz aspects of the novel’s plot summary.  In order to motivate students to read George Orwell’s 1984 with attention to detail, they have taken online summaries into consideration and ask questions that can only be answered by reading the novel.

    2. Comprehension and Discussion Questions - Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

    Help students gain a deeper understanding of George Orwell’s 1984 with these chapter comprehension questions and discussion prompts! Includes digital workbooks for online learning.  

    Each chapter includes both comprehension questions and discussion prompts. The comprehension questions will evaluate students' knowledge and understanding of the chapter and explore character development, recurring symbols, and the plot summary.  The discussion questions will prompt students to analyze larger themes, symbolism, literary elements and devices, character relationships, and more.

    3. Symbolism in 1984 - Symbol Graphic Organizer, Assignments, and Rubrics

    Orwell's use of symbolism draws attention to the dark realities of this dystopian society in a subtle yet meaningful way. Scaffold close reading and inquiry-based literary analysis using the activities in this resource.

    The Symbol Tracker Graphic Organizer has students analyze each symbol by considering the text evidence, description, important characteristics, and associated themes of each symbol.  Using this information, they are then prompted to write an analysis paragraph about the symbol.

    There are two assessments included in this symbolism activity for George Orwell’s 1984:

    • The first involves developing and delivering a slideshow presentation about one symbol.  This assignment is a great option for students tracking symbols within the novel in groups.  
    • The second assignment is an essay writing prompt related to symbolism in 1984; this is a great option for students tracking symbols independently. 

    4. 1984 Literary Analysis and Discussion Questions - Modern Parallels to Real Life

    How does 1984 relate to real life?  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.

    5. Analysis of Goldstein’s Book - 1984 by George Orwell - Questions, Map of Oceania

    Dense with theory, this section of the text can be a challenge for students; however, it serves as the foundation of the novel and is therefore important to read closely.

    With the help of these guided reading comprehension questions, students will be prompted to pay close attention to the key areas of this manuscript to gain a deeper understanding of Goldstein's book.

    This resource is divided into three parts:

    -Part A includes 13 comprehension questions.  These guided reading questions prompt students to think deeply about different aspects of Goldstein's theory and communicate their knowledge and comprehension in their own words.  These questions analyze the following aspects of George Orwell’s 1984:

    • Definitions of key terms and phrases including “oligarchical collectivism,” “doublethink,” “War is Peace,” and more
    • Characteristics of war over time
    • The goals of the Party
    • The characteristics of Big Brother
    • Class distinctions and relationships between classes
    • And more!

    - Part B includes a blank interactive map that prompts students to identify the boundaries of Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia.

    - Part C has students analyze different literary devices within Goldstein’s book, including:

    • Aphorism
    • Analogy
    • Personification
    • Metaphor
    • And more!

    6. “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell - Essay Analysis and Questions

    George Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language," is an insightful exploration of the signification of language and how it can become construed to serve a political agenda. Orwell aims to encourage his audiences to think deeply about the use of particular diction and figurative language to avoid the collapse of the English language.

    This essay is a challenging read for students but serves as a useful lesson for young readers and writers alike. You can encourage your students to read slowly and mindfully; with the use of this guide, they will be guided to conceptualize the political power of language.

    Part A of this resource has students examine “Politics and the English Language” from a figurative and rhetorical angle through a series of question prompts.

    Part B prompts students to write a comparison between this essay and one of two applicable texts - Orwell's "Principles of Newspeak" or Harry Truman's "Statement Announcing the Use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima." Links to these supplementary resources have been provided.

    ⭒ For classrooms utilizing Google Classroom® ⭒

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

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    “This unit was so helpful!! I've been out on maternity leave and it was really easy to assign and have the kids follow the plan without me being here. I recommend this to anyone who's working on 1984.” - Alexis D. 


    Extremely Satisfied

    “Each one of the resources included in this bundle was incredibly rich and innovative.  My students gained a deep understanding of the novel without feeling bogged down.  At the end of the year, several students mentioned this novel to be their favorite.  On its own, 1984 is fantastic, but my students don't typically respond to it this way.  Thank you for this magnificent collection of activities!” - Ben A.


    Extremely Satisfied

    “Thank you! We've been working our way through the book and I love the various exercises by chapter(s) to ensure understanding of the novel. The pages take us through the questions needed to be understood while also engaging the student in additional conversations regarding the author's depiction of the times and meaning behind them! ” - Jennifer W.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    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 how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
    Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


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