Discussion Guide for 1984

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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, can seem strangely prophetic when compared to modern news events and politics. Readers of Orwell's dystopian classic sharpen their critical thinking skills by engaging in a shared inquiry discussion of the text. They then question whether doublethink is present in our own society.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If class members are not familiar with the shared inquiry approach to literature discussions, model how to craft open-ended discussion questions and follow-up questions
Classroom Considerations

Pros

  • The seven-page packet includes biographical information about George Orwell, background information about the novel, shared inquiry discussion questions, and questions that ask readers to connect the text to their own experience
Cons

  • None