George Orwell's 1984 Book Discussion: Flexible Schedule

Janelle Fila
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In this 6-week course, students will read and discuss George Orwell's dystopian satire, 1984 #academic

Class experience

US Grade 11 - 12
Week One: Section One Chapters 1-4
Week Two: Section One Chapters 5-8
Week Three: Section Two Chapters 1-7
Week Four: Section Two Chapters 8-10
Week Five Section Three Chapters 1-3
Week Six Section Three Chapters 4-6
I have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for multiple years. I have been blessed to discuss George Orwell's other classic novel, Animal Farm in the classroom many times, including my own high school reading experience! I particularly love this book, 1984, because I find it fascinating to discuss a view of the "future" that took place when I was three years old! I believe students will also enjoy discussing which of Orwell's fears and worries actually came true. This is an excellent book to discuss because privacy (from the government, on the Internet, from teachers and parents, etc.) is a topic that everyone has opinions about! Even though Orwell's descriptions may seem far-fetched to us now, there is enough truth in his predictions to warrant discussing them and seeing how his concepts apply to us today. I am excited to read 1984 alongside your student to see what emotions, feelings, and gut reactions this story stirs up for them.
Homework Offered
Students will read between 50-60 pages a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also daily activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, word searches and crossword puzzles to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
Grades Offered
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
According to Parents need to know that 1984, one of the great dystopian satires of the 20th century, is a dark and violent story that presents an unblinking portrait of life lived under constant surveillance. In a dystopian future where nuclear war has divided the world into three repressive superstates, middle-aged Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in the superstate of Oceania, in the city called Airstrip One (formerly London). He has no hope of escaping the watchful eye of Big Brother until he meets Julia, a younger woman who persuades him to sneak away with her and become her illicit lover. Winston fantasizes about Julia multiple times throughout the story. He also considers killing her and wishes he had murdered his wife. He cannot imagine what awaits him once he is captured and taken to the Ministry of Love for interrogation. The torture is long lasting (nearly one-third of the story). Winston often wishes for a weapon to end his life. Suicide is a topic he contemplates often, especially as a way to end the physical and mental suffering from his torture. Narrated with infinite precision, 1984 is one of the most famous dystopian satires in the English language. Its vocabulary -- "doublethink," "Big Brother," "down the Memory Hole," "Thought Police," "unperson" -- has become part of popular culture. Winston Smith's quest for freedom under the gaze of all-seeing, all-knowing Big Brother still resonates strongly today, when privacy is hard to come by and governments adopt intrusive policies, supposedly to keep their citizens safe. Students believe this book can be read and understood at age 14, with parents waiting until the age of 15. 

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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6 weeks

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No live video meetings
Ages 16-18

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