Ch 8: Teaching George Orwell Books

About This Chapter

The work of author George Orwell can teach students to understand and appreciate dystopian literature. This chapter's video lessons will show you how to plan and teach lessons based on George Orwell's most famous novels.

Teaching George Orwell Books - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains several video lessons that examine the important elements of George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984. In addition to learning about these novels' summaries and themes, you'll learn how to create lesson plans for these novels.

Each lesson in the chapter has an interactive quiz so you can make sure you've grasped the material. You can also print lesson transcripts to keep your knowledge of Orwell's books fresh. A final chapter exam is also included.

How It Helps

  • Builds awareness: You'll become aware of the most important elements of these novels, such as their themes, plots and characters.
  • Enhances student understanding: You'll be able to answer student questions and engage them in discussion about these novels.
  • Helps plan lessons: You'll learn how to create effective and comprehensive lesson plans for Animal Farm and 1984.

Skills Covered

These videos will help you:

  • Make lesson plans for Animal Farm and 1984
  • Summarize these novels and understand their significant themes
  • Understand how 1984 functions as dystopian literature

18 Lessons in Chapter 8: Teaching George Orwell Books
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George Orwell Lesson Plan

1. George Orwell Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about George Orwell's life and major works. They will then practice connecting the themes of his works to the events of his life.

George Orwell: Biography, Books & Facts

2. George Orwell: Biography, Books & Facts

Do you know anyone who would volunteer to fight in a war? Or live in a slum and work as a dishwasher when he did not have to? George Orwell did both. Read on to learn how and why he chose these experiences.

Animal Farm: Plot Summary

3. Animal Farm: Plot Summary

This lesson details the plot summary of George Orwell's dystopian novel, 'Animal Farm.' See how Orwell used farm animals as allegories to describe what happened in the early years of the Soviet Union, then test yourself with a quiz!

1984 Lesson Plan

4. 1984 Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the novel 1984 by George Orwell. Students will read two text lessons, take two related follow-up quizzes, and participate in two activities to reinforce major concepts.

1984 as a Dystopia

5. 1984 as a Dystopia

Is '1984' still a dystopia in 2016? In this lesson, we'll explore the sociopolitical context and themes of George Orwell's novel and discover how '1984' reflected and influenced 20th-century culture.

Themes in 1984

6. Themes in 1984

George Orwell's novel ''1984'' addresses many important themes that are still relevant to today's readers. In this lesson, explore some of those themes.

1984 Newspeak Lesson Plan

7. 1984 Newspeak Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to dive into the world of 1984 by George Orwell and help students unpack the ideas behind Newspeak. Students will read an article, define and give examples of Newspeak, and write about the possibility of Newspeak existing in today's world.

What Is Newspeak in 1984?

8. What Is Newspeak in 1984?

For his popular novel, ''1984,'' George Orwell crafted a completely new language called Newspeak. In this lesson, you'll learn exactly what this bizarre language is and why Orwell created it, and you should be able to quiz yourself with a few questions (in regular old English--promise).

1984 Big Brother Lesson Plan

9. 1984 Big Brother Lesson Plan

What does the saying 'Big Brother is watching' mean? This lesson plan helps students answer this question through the use of two video lessons and a memorable activity.

Big Brother in 1984: Quotes & Analysis

10. Big Brother in 1984: Quotes & Analysis

Big Brother is the antagonist or opposing force in ''1984'' by George Orwell. His face, which is plastered on posters everywhere, is the face of the Party, and everyone must learn to love Big Brother.

Big Brother Is Watching You in 1984: Meaning & Analysis

11. Big Brother Is Watching You in 1984: Meaning & Analysis

This lesson will analyze the figure known as 'Big Brother' in George Orwell's dystopian novel, '1984.' We will consider how Big Brother functions as a symbol of power and surveillance and the effect that he has on the citizens of Oceania.

Shooting an Elephant Lesson Plan

12. Shooting an Elephant Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about George Orwell's short story, 'Shooting an Elephant.' Students will answer questions about this story, learn new vocabulary words, and explore British Imperialism during World War I.

Shooting an Elephant: Summary & Characters

13. Shooting an Elephant: Summary & Characters

This lesson introduces George Orwell's short story 'Shooting an Elephant.' We will learn about the historical and political context in which Orwell wrote, meet the characters, and examine literary elements.

Doublethink in 1984 Lesson Plan

14. Doublethink in 1984 Lesson Plan

Teachers may use these lesson plans to teach students about doublethink in George Orwell's '1984.' Students will define doublethink and find examples both in this novel and in the real world.

Animal Farm Lesson Plan

15. Animal Farm Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from, you'll have everything you need to help your students understand the symbolism and hidden message behind ''Animal Farm''.

1984 Visual Project Ideas

16. 1984 Visual Project Ideas

Orwell's ''1984'' is a classic work of dystopian fiction that has been used as a baseline for exposing the totalitarian tactics of real governments around the world. These projects can help your students explore this text using visual and creative learning.

Animal Farm Unit Plan

17. Animal Farm Unit Plan

'Animal Farm' by George Orwell is a political allegory that clearly illustrates the pitfalls of communism and socialism for students. This lesson provides teachers with an outline for teaching a unit on 'Animal Farm.'

1984 Unit Plan

18. 1984 Unit Plan

Teaching '1984' can be an interesting adventure in exploring technology, manipulation, and propaganda. This unit plan will help you guide high school students through the novel's complex themes and apply their knowledge to today's society.

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