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The novel Animal Farm was written as an allegory in the context of Soviet Russia in the early 1900s. This activity is designed to help students connect the events of Animal Farm to the historical context from which they were written. Students will also make connections to any personal or current events to help them see that allegories do not always have one single connection and can work on multiple levels.
Included in the .zip file are 2 different versions of the assignment along with an answer key. The first assignment is designed for a regular ed class and gives the students the historic background for each element and has them connect story events and current connections. The second version is designed more for an honor's class and brings in an element research in which the students research the people and events of the Russian Revolution and then connect them to the story.
Characters Included: Old Major, Farmer Jones, Napoleon, Snowball, Squealer, Boxer, Mollie, Moses, Pilkington (Foxwood Farm), Frederick (Pinchfield Farm), Napoleon's Dogs
Events Included: Chasing away Farmer Jones, Napoleon takes control of Animal Farm, Creating the windmill, Selling the wood, Executing animals, Battle of the Windmill