Animal Farm: 1940s Satire vs Current Russian Revolution

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Learning Objective

Students will be able to make connections between classroom text and modern day scenarios. They will also be able to make thematic connections between fiction and nonfiction works, as evidenced by answering the following Essential Questions:

  • What is an allegory?
  • How are Orwell’s messages about the Russian Revolution 100 years ago mirrored in modern day Russia?
  • How is Animal Farm’s message a universal satire to many problems regarding power and opposition?

Learning Standard

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.1 
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2 
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3 
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1 
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2 
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.3 
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.9 
Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1 
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2 
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3 
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

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