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Dystopia.. My, Oh, My! A Class Set of George Orwell's 1984!
My students need a class set of George Orwell's '1984." We are starting a new unit and thus far this year, students have not had a hard copy of a book to read, only copies.
As a 10th grade English teacher, nothing makes me more overjoyed than seeing my students engage, absorb and enjoy a reading. After reading some short dystopian texts and seeing the high level of interest, my students are ready for a full novel and there is no better book to start with than 1984.
I teach at Title I school within the Philadelphia School District.
Many of my students are from low-income homes and are making an effort to be first-generation college students. They are incredibly bright, fun and full of energy.
Sadly, many of them have not experienced hard-copies of books ever in their school careers. Instead, they have been relegated to using packets and copies of books. There is a tangible and visible disappointment when we start a new reading and the students are handed another stapled packet and not an actual book.
This class set of 1984 will be used to embark on a journey of dystopia, power and science fiction. The unit plan, broadly, will allow students to use 1984 as a lens to view current society by comparing and contrasting Orwell's world with the realities we face as a society today.
This text, along with other supplemental readings and seminal dystopian texts, will allow students to critically analyze the world around them and provide them a college-level experience in reading and writing.
As described earlier, this class set of Orwell's 1984 will be the first actual book that many of these students will have had in their school careers.
Hopefully, after experiencing how great it is to read out of an actual book instead of a copied packet, students will begin to cultivate a love of life-long learning.
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