Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapter 1)
Part 1, Chapter 1 -
The Party represents one of the worst possible examples of a totalitarian dictatorship; the author created this government as a warning for the people of the future. Citizens are controlled; non-conformity is punishable by death, and independent thought is not allowed. Totalitarianism has always been a presence in the world. It exists in many different forms. The objective of this daily lesson is to learn about totalitarianism and study how the Party in the novel represents a totalitarian government.
1 - Brainstorming: The class creates a list of all the ways that the Party monitors and controls its citizens.
2 - Group Work & Presentation: Divide the class into small groups of three to four students and have them write a plan for the organization of their own fictional government. Encourage them to be creative, designing systems that can either be completely controlling or totalitarian...
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