The student will be able to analyze and determine central themes in George Orwell’s Animal Farm as these themes relate to the novel’s role as an allegory of Communism in Russia during WWII.
Florida State Standards:
Reading: Key Ideas and Details
Standard 1- Read text clearly to determine what the text says explicitly, to make logical inferences, to cite specific textual evidence.
Standard 2- Determine central ideas or themes of a text; summarize key supporting details and ideas.
Standard 5- Analyze structure of the text
Standard 9- Analyze 2 or more texts addressing similar themes/topics.
Writing: Text types and purposes
Standard 1- Write arguments to support claims.
Standard 2- Write informative or explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas.
Standard 4- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
Standard 5- Plan, revise, rewrite.
Speaking and listening:
Standard 2- Integrate and evaluate information.
Standard 3- Evaluate a speaker’s POV, reasoning and rhetoric.
George Orwell Timeline- www. Historyguide.org/Europe/orwell.html.
George Orwell – Timeline/ Facebook www.facebook.com/GeorgeOrwellAuthor/timeline
Orwell’s “Wintry Conscience of a Generation”
Orwell’s “Interview of Jonathan Swift”
Americamrhetoric.com “Top 100 Speeches”- FDR: The Four Freedoms
Anti-Communist Propaganda-YouTube www.youtube.com/...american-cold-war-propoganda-2918
The Red Menace: 15 Vintage Anti-Communist Ads & Propaganda: weburbanist.com/2013/06/12…anti-communist-ads-propaganda
BBC Arena Documentary: fulldocumentary.net T.S. Eliot Rejects Animal Farm
T.S. Eliot Rejects Animal Farm (July 1944) georgeorwellnovels.com
“Are We Headed Toward the Constitution or the Communist Manifesto?” Theblaze.com
“The English and Colonial Roots of the US Bill of Rights” teachingamericanhistory.org
After having read, annotated, and discussed George Orwell’s Animal Farm(using a primary source analysis tool, Socratic circles, structured academic controversy, photo analysis worksheet, the Jigsaw Method of Analysis and Discussion)students will engage in the following activities:
Students must have completed reading Orwell’s Animal Farm on their own prior to these activities.
Jigsaw Method for this activity- Students break up into 4 groups with all four documents at their disposal. Then 1 student from each group, one who has become an expert in one particular document, makes up another grouping to discuss documents.
Review findings with students. Photo Analysis of Propaganda Posters and review of rhetorical strategies at work in FDR’s Four Freedoms speech.
Day 3- Students now have a better understanding of the socio-political environment in which Orwell was writing his novel. Review with students the Bill of Rights and the Four Freedoms so that students may integrate and evaluate ideas presented.
Day 4-5 Begin Structured Academic Controversy exercise. Students will work through the historic controversy- the refusal to publish George Orwell’s Animal Farm as it is seen as too critical of Russia- a wartime ally. Were Orwell’s freedoms trampled?