Animal Farm by George Orwell
BUNDLE: Animal Farm Novel Study Discussion/Activity Guide AND Animal Farm Unit Plan
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Novel Study Discussion and Activity Guide
The novel study for George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, animal cards for forming groups, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are included throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.
Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud Animal Farm to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics works especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for Animal Farm can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.
There are four optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: two Survey. Note. Conclude!, Motto & Maxim, and Battle of Cowshed Extension. The optional triad mini-project activities include Totalitarianism Triad, Chapter Analysis, and Exposé: Sugarcandy Mountain. There are 10 different animal cards that can be used to form student groups of three (triads).
Blooming with Knowledge about Animal Farm includes 12 activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each level includes two choices. You may elect to direct students to choose one activity from each level or allow students to choose any number of activities. The accompanying rubric can be used with Blooming with Knowledge. Connections to best practice and the Common Core State Standards are included.
This product includes 4 files:
Animal Farm Discussion and Activity Guide PDF:
• 12 page Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers
• 1 page alphabetical list of vocabulary words
• 4 page triad mini-projects packet
• 4 page Optional Homework Assignments
• 2 page Blooming with Knowledge about Animal Farm and Rubric
• 1 page of 10 animal cards for forming triads
• 3 page Connections to Best Practice and Common Core State Standards
15 page Literary Log for Students PDF
56 Slides PowerPoint Presentation
Teacher Guide to PowerPoint PDF
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Unit Plan for Animal Farm by George Orwell
The unit plan for Animal Farm is designed to engage your students. Students are provided opportunities to analyze setting, identify, describe and analyze characters and their relationships, explore the use of allegory as a literary tool, examine the use of personification in literature and in everyday life, identify the historical context for the novel, use inquiry processes to determine how and why characters make decisions, identify and understand the author’s use of language, and use text references and quotes to infer meaning. The unit employs multiple delivery modalities, facilitates students’ cognitive thinking skills, and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Lesson plans are student-centered and are ready to implement.
This unit is planned as a 3 week unit outline, however, easily adaptable to 4 to 5weeks.
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Individual Lesson Plans (13 Lesson Plans)
Each lesson plan is complete with an implementation plan that includes learning objectives, list of materials, academic language, engagement strategy, statement of purpose, and an instructional plan divided by specific activities. All lesson plans include student handouts and corresponds to a Unit PowerPoint Presentation. Lessons are designed to be completed in one or two class periods, however, you have the flexibility to expand each lesson to meet the needs of your students or chunk lessons into smaller segments. The detail in each lesson plan allows you to create a unit plan that works for your students and your schedule.
Throughout the instructional unit plan you will see a Content BURST occasionally in a lesson. A Content BURST is a place in the lesson where the teacher provides specific instruction around a key term or concept. It should be no more than 15-20 minutes and should always follow with a time for students to de-brief the content such as a pair/share, one-minute write, cerebral summary or other type of formative assessment that allows for students to process the information and the teacher to check on their understanding of the content.
Instructional Schedule for the Animal Farm Unit Plan
The Instructional Schedule for the Animal Farm Unit Plan is intended as a guide. Pacing may vary depending on the needs of your students and the length of each class period. Each class period includes the appropriate lesson plan or activity, list of handouts, assignments, and a place for notes.
The student activity journal that accompanies this unit is called Comrade Chronicles. The Comrade Chronicles are designed for triads, three students working together. Students first work on the assigned activity as homework and then as a triad, they will discuss each other’s parts. Be sure to schedule time for triads to discuss their Comrade Chronicles before moving to the next chapter.
Unit PowerPoint Presentation w/Teacher Guide
The Unit PowerPoint Presentation coordinates with each lesson plan with teaching notes. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information visually. Slides include graphics, which serve as clues for students who are visual or English is not their first language.
4 Files Included in Zip File download:
• Animal Farm Unit Plan (with individual lesson plans and unit resources) (PDF) 79 pages
• Comrade Chronicles Student Journal (PDF) 39 pages
• Animal Farm Unit PowerPoint Presentation Teacher Guide (PDF) 31 pages
• Animal Farm Unit PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint) 90 slides