Animal Farm

Exploring Political Satires

Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and Animal Farm by George Orwell

While reading Animal Farm, you may start to notice that some of the animal characters seem to take on human characteristics. This observation is not merely a coincidence, but rather a deliberate intention by a man who assigned himself the responsibility of drawing attention to the evils of totalitarianism through literature. As you read the satirical fable, you will be asked to identify character parallels between the novel and the true tale of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Getting Started

While we are making our way through Animal Farm, we will take a pause to study the main figures in history. Each student will be assigned to a small group. Each group will be responsible for researching and creating a wiki page about a historical figure or event.

On the day of your group's presentation, you will present your research and wiki page to the class. Your group will also be responsible for leading the socratic seminar. To get an A, your group will need to have a minimum of 3-5 specific passages, quotes, and/or examples from the text that will help the class draw parallels between your group's historical figure/event and a character (or incident) in the book. Your group will also need to develop a minimum of 5 discussion questions that will allow us explore the text (i.e. plot, setting, theme, characterization, symbols, etc.) on an analytical level.

Creating A Wiki Page

Your wiki page should be visually appealing to your audience and include the following:
1. Pictures (Relevant to topic)
2. Important Facts/Information (I do not want "paragraphs of information," and you may not read from the wiki page.)
3. Links to other sources/websites
4. Source Information (Works Cited - put at the bottom of page.)