1984 Newspeak Vocabulary

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Newspeak Vocabulary in 1984

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Another great way to engage your students is through the creation of storyboards that use vocabulary from 1984, in particular from the strange language of Newspeak. Often times throughout the novel, Newspeak words carry a lot of weight for the characters because of their implications, such as thoughtcrime.

Here is a list of a few vocabulary words commonly taught with the novel, and an example of a visual vocabulary board.


Vocabulary words from 1984:


  • orthodoxy

    to think in an orthodox (or acceptable) manner


  • crimestop

    the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought


  • crimethink/thoughtcrime

    thoughtcrime is death; thoughts that run contradictory to the ideology put forth by the Party


  • doublethink

    to hold two contradictory beliefs simultaneously


  • unperson

    a person who has been “vaporized” and written out of existence


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Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in 1984 by creating visualizations.


  1. Choose three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the vocabulary word.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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