Animal Farm

By: George Orwell

Mrs. McGovern/Mrs. Mills

Animal Farm: By George Orwell Essential Questions: Does absolute power corrupt. absolutely? Exploitation of the weak by the strong: Do I realize how often this occurs around me? Enduring Understandings: Can the events reflected in this novel happen again? What are my responsibilities to the community and those exploited by it? Do I realize the amount of injustice and cruelty that occurs every day? Name: ________________________________________ Essential Question/Enduring Understanding for Animal Farm .

10: By the end of the year. dramas.8. and poems. including stories. read and comprehend literature. at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.CC State Standard: R. What is MY responsibility to those who are exploited by others? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Pre-Reading: Has there ever been a time in your life when you “avoided” trouble or knew you could avoid trouble because someone else could “save” you? For example. have you ever slacked off while working on a group project because you knew other group members would “save” your grade? __________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ .

a Holocaust survivor. and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. and by that time no one was left to speak up. Does this poem make you think any differently about the idea that there will always be someone there to save you? In Germany they came first for the Communists. Then they came for the Catholics. Then they came for the trade unionists. and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Jews.___________________________________________________________________ Read the following poem by Martin Niemoller. and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for me. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ .

Define revolution: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ . They want to change the idea of having only one person in charge.___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Would you like to have complete power over someone or something? Why or why not? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ At the beginning of the novel. the animals have decided that they want a revolution.

we'd all love to see the plan You ask me for a contribution Well you know We're doing what we can But when you want money for people with minds that hate .Read the lyrics to John Lennon and Paul McCartney (of The Beatles) and see if you can expand your definition Revolution by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (The Beatles) You say you want a revolution Well you know. we all want to change the world You tell me that it's evolution Well you know We all want to change the world But when you talk about destruction Don't you know you can count me out Don't you know it's gonna be alright Alright Alright You say you got a real solution Well you know.

you have to wait” Don't you know it's gonna be alright Alright alright You say you'll change the constitution Well you know we all want to change your head You tell me it's the institution Well you know You better free your mind instead The Beatles seem to sing of a revolution as change and evolution without violence. In this day and age.All I can tell you is “brother. is a revolution without violence possible? What modern day revolutions can you think of? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ .

Who ruled Russia before it collapsed in 1917? For how long? Who. loved in Russia at this time? 4. c. c. b. b. why do you think the Russian people stood the oppression for as long as they did? 3.Name: ___________________________________ Animal Farm Background Interactive Notes 1. The Russian Revolution occurred when… a. b. c. Based on the quote from Bruce Lockhard. What were three of the horrible conditions Russians had to endure? a. What were three things the Czar (king) was in charge of? a. . 5. besides Russians. 2.

b. Nicholas ordered “Duma. 7. c. Describe the situation that occurs outside the palace: 11. 12. b. Jot down three facts about him: a. Why did Marx say that revolution was going to happen? 9. Write three facts about Lenin: a. Describe Bloody Sunday 13. b. Who wrote Das Kapital? 8. What were the two famous books that planted the seed of revolution in Russia? a.6. 10.” What is “duma?” . c. Rasputin was certainly a mystery.

c. Who was killed in 1918? 16. . What was surprising about the note Lenin wrote? 18. Stalin becomes more of a threat. Lenin dies in 1924.” 15.14. b. He is planning what he will do when Lenin dies. returns to Russia writing for _________________. List three things Stalin did: a. What has happened since he came into power? 17. who was exiled. Lenin. He starts to write outlines for his ideas and wins people over including __________________ who becomes his “partner in crime.

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