Lesson: Introduction to 1984
Author: Kelly G
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Dear students: To help you prepare for our class reading of 1984, I have set up this series of activities to help introduce you to George Orwell, his history, and the themes of the novel. By the end of today you will have the information and tools necessary to fully immerse yourself in what is considered to be one of Orwell’s best novels. Enjoy!
By the end of these activities you will be able to: *make predictions about the novel’s plot *understand the novel’s place in history *visualize a dystopian society *discuss Orwell’s motives for writing the novel
You may move through the activities in whatever order you like, but start your exploration with the background information on George Orwell. As you watch/read, respond to the provided prompts. When everyone finishes working through the activities we will discuss our experiences as a class.
Directions: Skim the information Wikipedia provides on George Orwell to get a deeper understanding of his personal background. What about his biography stands out to you? Keep what you learn in mind as you learn more about 1984.
Ideology the set of ideas and beliefs of a group or political party
Dystopia an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly
Totalitarian controlling the people of a country in a very strict way with complete power that cannot be opposed
Oligarchy a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people
Socialism a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies
Proletariat the lowest social or economic class of a community ; especially : the working class