Teaching Orwell and '1984’ with the New York Times

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Doublethink and alternate facts? Big Brother and Facebook? 1984 and 2019? Sales of 1984 have surged and so has the use of George Orwell's dystopian classic in classrooms. Whether new to teaching the novel or a seasoned veteran you'll find some great ideas, great links to related articles, and great questions in a lesson plan from The New York Times.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign groups different news stories, have them compare how the story is reported in a variety of print and visual sources, and then use sites like Snopes, Politifact, and FactCheck to determine the accuracy of the reporting
  • Have groups research President Trump's recent attacks on The New York Times and craft a position paper of whether his criticisms are justified
Classroom Considerations
  • The February 9, 2017 article is dated; however, the activities suggested are still valid
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