Nineteen Eight-Four

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a perfect text for an age of fake news and alternative facts. And what better way to introduce a new generation of readers to George Orwell's dystopian classic than with a reader's theatre version of the tale. The six-page script captures the essence of the tale.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Cast two individuals for Winston; one to read this words and one to read Winston's thoughts
  • Laminate the 6-page scripts for reuse
  • Make 17 copies of the script, one for each character, and highlight that character's lines
  • Show Apple's 1984 Super Bowl ad available on YouTube
Classroom Considerations

  • The script provides roles for 17 readers
  • Provide the cast with extra time to practice the reading
  • The resource presumes class members are familiar with reader's theatre protocols
Pros

  • The six-page script includes illustrations, vocabulary lists. Think About It topics, information about the author
Cons

  • None
Common Core