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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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
- And more!
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.
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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.
“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.
“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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