Novel Study: Reading and Discussing "1984" by George Orwell for Teens
1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. His dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever as seen in today's society. A homeschool semester class.
Dr. Kai Kafferly, PhD
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Completed by 61 learners
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$18 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
40 minutes per class
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I suggest that students take my "Book Study: Reading and Discussing 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell for Teens" class before taking this class. The book "Animal Farm" is a perfect introduction to "1984" and gives students a better mindset and understanding before reading this book; however, it is NOT required. We're not in school, we're OUTschool! My classes are designed for teens who are either homeschooled or after-school teens too. I am delighted to make accommodations as needed or wanted...
This class is taught in English.
1. Discuss the historical context in which George Orwell wrote 1984. 2. Evaluate which aspects of Orwell’s vision of the future appear to have been accurate and which have been wrong. 3. Examine how a repressive society relies on isolation, suppression of emotions, control of information, and alienation as a means of controlling its citizens and their thoughts. 4. Compare Orwell’s view of the class structure in 1984's society and the relationship of that society to events in 1949. 5. Identify Newspeak words and analyze their significance. 6. Compare and contrast the book with real-world current events happening in the USA and other World Governments. 7. Distinguish between a dystopia and a utopia. 8. Understand the role that a government plays on its citizens 9. Question the role of an individual in society 10. Question government propaganda 11. Discover the effect of propaganda 12. Work with plot structure 13. Debate the text
I have had the pleasure of teaching "1984" in my Social Studies classes for many years, it is one of two of my most favorite books to read and teach, and has a very important history lesson hidden within it. Not only do students learn in Social Studies, but they learn in Language Arts as well. How I teach: I have taken several EDU college credits while obtaining my undergraduate degrees and have earned a graduate degree in education. These classes have taught me how to teach using education-based constructiveness, humanist, realism, and idealism theories as well as brain-based learning. As a high school teacher for many years, I am a guide, a coach, and a mentor. I use the "Flipped Classroom" model after the very first live meeting. This means that I review over what has been learned in the previous week through student's completion of the homework, answer any and all questions that come up during our group discussion about the previous week for full comprehension and conclusions, and then proceed to give instruction, guidance, and a lecture to introduce the new week's lessons, readings, and homework at the beginning of each week. I am always available to give help, more guidance, and answer questions via private message for students under the "teacher" tab on the Outschool dashboard as well as for parents under the "parents" tab. I usually respond the same day if not by the next morning. These academic courses are a bit advanced and accelerated and students will need to practice good time management skills and be very motivated to learn. I not only teach the material through homework such as the chapter questions, projects, and review quizzes but also through lectures, videos, and instruction and discussion in our live meeting, but I also teach students how to learn. Sometimes when I am asked a question, I will ask a student to do some internet research to find the answer. I help them to find answers using legitimate online resources. I sometimes do the same thing when students turn in their homework. I may ask them a few more questions that aren't found in the textbook, but by doing light internet research. By teaching using these methods I have found it strengthens students' ability, and desire, to learn and how to learn as adults. They have control over their education- which is a great power if taught how to use this power correctly.
The homework listed below might seem tedious and overwhelming at first glance, but it truly isn't. Please read this next section very carefully and if you have any questions about it please don't hesitate to ask me by sending me a private message here through Outschool. I am delighted to make accommodations as needed or wanted for each individual teen's needs and abilities! The homework due dates are scheduled to be flexible for all students. Each week students are asked to do as much as they are able to do, but not all of the homework is expected to be completed because students should not feel stressed or overwhelmed whatsoever in any of my classes and I understand that each student has different needs and different abilities. Students are able to choose a different combo of work each week: Combo 1: Two Assignments. Combo 2: One Assignment and the Section Project. Combo 3: All of the posted work for the week. All weekly Assignments are due by the 5th day of the week, and the weekly Sections Projects are due by the 7th day. This allows students to do the work on their own time and on their schedule. If a student can't complete all of the work or start to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or frustrated at all, that's okay, I understand and I'm very flexible to each student's needs and abilities and we can certainly make any changes needed if they send me a private message. Students will need to be self-motivated to learn and practice time management skills. Not all of the homework listed each week is required to be done. CHAPTER 1: Week 1: Sections 1 and 2 : Live Class on Wednesday to begin the class with background information and an introduction to the book plus instruction. Read sections 1 and 2, Two short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework. Week 2: Sections 3 - 5: Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers from last week's readings and homework. A lecture and introduction for the next week's material. Read sections 3 - 5, Three short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework. Week 3: Sections 6 - 8: Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers from last week's readings and homework. A lecture and introduction for the next week's material. Read sections 6 - 8, Three short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework. CHAPTER 2: Week 4: Sections 1 - 3: Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers from last week's readings and homework. A lecture and introduction for the next week's material. Read sections 1 - 3, Three short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework. Week 5: Sections 4 - 7: Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers from last week's readings and homework. A lecture and introduction for the next week's material. Read sections 4 - 7, Four short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework. Week 6: Sections 8 - 10: Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers from last week's readings and homework. A lecture and introduction for the next week's material. Read sections 8 -10, Three short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework. CHAPTER 3 Week 7: Sections 1 - 3: Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers from last week's readings and homework. A lecture and introduction for the next week's material. Read sections 1 - 3, Three short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework. Week 8: Sections 4 - 6: Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers from last week's readings and homework. A lecture and introduction for the next week's material. Read sections 4 - 6, Three short Sections Assignments, Submit One Small Project privately to the Teacher for homework, plus a Final Project watching the Play of 1984 and comparing and contrasting it with the book. End of Week 8: Extra Meeting (as described in the description) Final Live Class on Wednesday for comprehension, discussion, questions & answers. We also play a Kahoot game in just about every live meeting and it's just for a fun review! I am ALWAYS available and ready to help every single student in the live meetings and every single day of every week through private messaging! The amount of work a student puts into the class dictates the amount that they will learn from the class (smile). This class is condensed and slightly accelerated per the homework schedule listed above. The due dates are set to help students keep on track. With that being said, I am flexible with the due dates and the amount of work posted weekly for each individual student's abilities and needs. This is known as differentiated instruction and assessment. After all, we're not in school, we're OUTschool. If this applies to your student I ask that you reach out to me via private direct message after trying the schedule out for the first week. We can then have a productive conversation about what will work best for your student for their maximum retention of the material, have fun, and not feel stressed or overloaded with work. I want all students to enjoy the learning process without feeling overloaded so I will make specific changes for your student if needed. Students will need to have good time management skills as well as be self-motivated to learn the material even though I am always here to answer questions, give guidance, give additional help via private messages, and requested private one-on-one live video meetings. The class is a little advanced and somewhat accelerated.
These materials will be needed BEFORE the first day of class: 1.) A free PDF of the book is available for all students. It will be posted to the Outschool classroom, along with important announcements and further information, 2 days prior to the first live meeting. If you wish to search online and order a hard copy of the book here is the information so that you may order yours: "1984" by George Orwell ISBN: 978-0-451-52493-5. 2.) Students will need to have and know how to use a word document program. Students will sometimes be submitting short essays or answers on a document in some questions, projects, or quizzes, and attaching them as a file. Documents will need to end in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats. Parents may need to help students learn how to save a word document in these formats. Links to Google slides, docs, or any other online work document programs are not allowed. 3.) Create free Adobe, Canva, and/or Google Slides accounts to make virtual posters (.jpg), and online slideshows (.mp4), download them to their computer, and then upload them to the classroom as an attachment. Parents may need to assist their students in creating an account for Adobe, and/or Canva, and/or Google Slides and review the different ways to create slideshows, presentations, and photo collages. This is a creative way for students to give their answers to homework and allows for their self-expression instead of just typing out answers. You can make an Adobe Spark account very easily by using this link: https://spark.adobe.com/. Students may also use Canva too. Here is the link for a free Canva account: https://www.canva.com/. Parents may also need to assist their learners in creating their Schoology Classroom account. 4.) We also play a Kahoot game in almost every live meeting and it's just for a fun review! Students will open a separate web browser on their laptop, iPad, or mobile phone, search "kahoot.it" and play the fun quiz all together during the live meeting. It is important that the student become familiar with these materials before class begins, please. NOTE: I will begin posting very important announcements in our Outschool classroom every day starting two days prior to our first live video meeting (3 postings total). Your teen will need to read these daily announcements and complete the items listed in them in order to prepare for the first live meeting. This includes downloading the PDF of the book, creating their Schoology account, the rules for my class, Adobe Spark and Canva information, and so much more. Parents will receive a letter from me the day before our first live meeting via private message too.
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I give .5 of a full year of homeschool credit (1 semester) and an overall grade for this class with a certificate of completion if requested via private message by the parent towards the end of the class. Depending upon your homeschool laws or charter school requirements you can use this class as a semester credit since the class is accelerated. The overall grade is based on the following: 1. Amount of participation in the once-weekly live video meetings. 2. Amount of participation on the weekly assignments AND their reply to my comments on their answers. 3. Amount of participation and thoroughness of their work and research on the weekly project (if assigned) AND their reply to my comments on their project. 4. Amount of participation on the weekly chapter review (if assigned) AND their reply to my comments. The certificate of completion will have the student's first name, "Outschool", name of the course, the course length, the end date of the course, my full name and title as the OS teacher, one half credit, and a final letter grade between A and D-. I do not fail any students because regardless of how involved or not involved they are in the class I know they have learned something from it.
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
NOTICE: The book contains some political torture, some violence, and a very limited sex scene. Parents may need to assist their students in creating an account for Adobe and Canva and review with them how to create slideshows, presentations, and photo collages. Adobe & Canva are very easy to use once it is learned. You can find the links in the "Supply List". Parents may need to show their students how to save documents for various assignments of projects as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file to be attached in the classroom. Parents may need to help their students to create their free Schoology account too. Note about the tuition: This is a bit confusing for my classes. Your tuition not only pays for the weekly live video meetings but also includes the weekly assignments, projects, and quizzes done in the classroom by your student. Additionally, it includes my weekly lesson planning, grading of homework, research, participating in the weekly assignments, and projectsby adding feedback, more content, guidance, and deeper questions for students' submitted work, and responding to both student and parent private messages within 36 hours, giving private guidance and help for students, plus private, one on one, live video meetings if requested by a student or parent. I am personally in the classroom working to help students and answering private messages 7 days a week throughout the entire duration of the class. Basically, the weekly "$18 per Class per Learner" listed below the total tuition on the class listing is really "$18 per Week per Learner" in my class. Outschool also takes 30% of the total tuition for their expenses too. The live video meetings, private messages between your student and me as well as private messages between you and me are all done on the Outschool platform. I also post weekly announcements in the Outschool classroom. The assignments, projects, and reviews are done on my Schoology platform. Schoology is much easier to navigate and is less confusing to use than the Outschool classroom for my particular courses. Students are able to create their own discussion threads rather than having one long thread that the Outschool classroom has. They also have more options and features that Outschool does not provide at this time. My Schoology classroom is locked down for privacy, trust, and safety against bad actors on the internet. Your student will create a very easy and simple Schoology account using a secret passcode that is given to them two days prior to the first live meeting in the Outschool classroom (Post 1 of 3). They will then create a quick and simple Schoology student account and send a request to join this particular class using the passcode and the same exact name that is listed on their Outschool account. I then double-check to be sure that their request to join Schoology is the same as their Outschool information and manually approve their request to join. After a student is enrolled in Schoology you can then send me a private message asking for the parent access code to Schoology if you wish. I will give you the link to make your quick and easy parent profile and you will receive a unique passcode to join that aligns with your student. Please note that Outschool Support and Outschool Trust & Safety departments have complete and total access to my entire Schoology platform in "teacher mode" so that they can see everything that I see and investigate any issues, concerns, or problems that may occur. FROM: Outschool... While our open community is our greatest source of strength, it also brings challenges. It is important to us that Outschool is a safe space for our users. Our members should treat each other without bias or prejudice across all pillars of diversity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and gender identity. Down below are Outschool's Parent and Learner guidelines that we ask our members to observe. Outschool members who do not meet these guidelines will be removed from the site. PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT: 1. Learners should only attend class under their own enrollment, as themselves. It violates Outschool policy for a learner to use their sibling’s or another learner’s enrollment to attend class. Learns may only join a live meeting by using the green button in their class on their Outschool Learner Account. Educators are forbidden from sending links and passwords to Zoom live meetings. 2. 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Check for private messages from your learner's educators and respond promptly. All communication must take place and stay on Outschool. 6. Help keep Outschool a safe space for learners, families, and teachers from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations. To that end, we encourage you to watch our Trust and Safety Code of Conduct video with your learner. Learners may not share personal information such as email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, gamer tags, social media, etc. LEARNER CODE OF CONDUCT: 1. Join the class on time and be ready to learn. Have all of the tools, textbooks, handouts, notes, or anything else the educator has asked of you ready to go before class starts. 2. Be kind: Help all learners feel welcome and included. Give positive feedback to your fellow classmates. 3. Be safe: Keep your personal information private and never ask other learners for theirs (e.g., email address, mailing address, phone number, gamer tags, etc.). All communication must take place and stay on Outschool. 4. Be respectful: Treat others how you want to be treated. Dress in a manner appropriate for class; please be fully clothed with both a top and bottoms on and sit upright for the class. Treat the teacher and your classmates with respect. 5. Engage & Participate: Contribute to a class environment in a way that is safe and welcoming for learners and teachers from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations. Take responsibility for making each class a great learning experience for yourself and your classmates: participate, stay on topic, and avoid distractions. Check for private messages from your educator and respond back promptly. OUTSCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT: 1. We welcome members from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations and are committed to creating a safe space for our users across all pillars of diversity. 2. We will listen to feedback from parents, teachers, and learners, and make changes accordingly. Send an email to support@outschool at any time! 3. We will create and enforce policies to create a high-quality, trusted, and safe community for learning. This may include removing content or users from the platform. 4. We will respond promptly to questions and issues that arise. TEACHER CODE OF CONDUCT: 1. Offer classes only where you have the appropriate background or expertise. 2. Teach classes professionally: 3. Be prepared, begin on time, and treat all learners with respect. 4. Do not teach while impaired and do not model any behavior that a student age 18 or younger is restricted from doing. 5. Respond promptly to parent questions and requests. 6. Communicate with parents and learners in a professional manner, both in messages and in-class. 7. Keep all communications on our platform; never provide personal contact information to parents or learners for “off-platform” communications, or in-person meetings (prohibited unless an Outschool-sponsored event). 8. Adhere to our class content policy by only offering secular, objective, age-appropriate classes 9. Create a safe and welcoming space for learners and families from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations.
Dr. Kai Kafferly, PhD
Energetic, Engaging, & Fun Teen Educator. Teaching teens is truly my passion! Let's set learning free together! Curriculum & Instruction Specialist & Home High School Educator.
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392 total reviews
184 completed classes
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