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Subject English Language Arts — Language, Reading Standards for Fiction, Speaking and Listening, Writing
Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment


Students often have difficulty envisioning and making sense of a story that is set in a markedly different time or circumstance than their own. This 2-day activity introduces students to the dystopian society of 1984 by George Orwell. By analyzing Orwell’s carefully chosen words, details, repetitions, and characterizations in these first few pages, students can construct a strong understanding of some of the key features of this society that will give them a solid framework for comprehending the rest of the novel. CCSS: RL.8.1, RL.8.3, RL.8.4; W.8.1, W.8.4, W.8.9; SL.8.1; L.8.4, L.8.5.


Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
0.2 MB


Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


This lesson serves as a great example of teaching close reading.
June 28, 2014