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


  • 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

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