Lesson Plan : Orwell's Britain

Teacher Name:
 Bea Bailey
Grade:
 Grade 11-12
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 Big Brother Then and Now: Revisiting Story Behind 1984
Content:
 Ecology of Britain During World War II Orwell's Situation in WWII Context
Goals:
 Students will be better grounded in the ecology that produced 1984
Objectives:
 Students will be able to list inquiry questions about 7 ecological dimensions of WWII England provide information about the ecology that could have influenced Orwell discover reasons that may have led Orwell to produce such a text
Materials:
 copies of 1984; WWW access; Schama's DVD on History of Britain (2002) published by BBC and History Channel; McDougall Littell supplements in Literature Connection anthology; Mastery Assignment Sheet for possible enterprises;
Introduction:
 Respond to Image of Lady Liberty w/ Cameras All Around; SS trickle in and begin their response to this rendering. Students will be asked to think of recent events that might have propelled an artist to compose such a figure. These 7 minute free writes are then shared in class forum; about 3 students will share; list input on transparency
Development:
 During WWII pressures existed to get people to think a certain way Overview of Basics of WWII Overview of George Orwell's Life Watch Schama's Video
Practice:
 Pull out Ecological Inquiry into Literary Periods Template; have Students Generate More Questions About WwII; ss then work in pairs to search net at designated places on handout; get answers for class--AFTER I have shared an example (scaffolding)
Accommodations:
 Timeline for Those Who Need it In addition to Schama's Overview
Checking For Understanding:
 Brief Discussion; Watch opening of 1984; How does your envisionment compare/contrast with this one?
Closure:
 Students can complete compare/contrast guide as they watch the opening of the original 1984
Evaluation:
 Class discussion; questioning list; completion of compare/contrast guide; response to journal prompt

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