Objective: Such, Such Were the Joys. . .: In this essay, Orwell focuses on how children have no sense of proportion and cannot judge anything for themselves. This lesson will focus on this concept, and on whether Orwell proves it in his essay or not.
1. When the students come into class, ask each student to write a journal entry that answers the following question: Should children have the right to decide things for themselves? What things and why? Choose some of the students to share their answers with the class.
2. Divide the class into two groups. Tell the groups that there will be a debate, which each member of the group must participate in. The debate is whether Orwell's statement that children have no sense of proportion and cannot judge anything for themselves has been proven in his essay. Have one group argue the yes side, and the other...
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