Hook students by introducing Animal Farm, by George Orwell, with background information and an original mini-allegory that students write themselves! This assignment contains a one page background summary of the Russian Revolution, key terms, figures and definitions, as well as an assignment for students to apply their understanding by writing their own mini-allegory.
This activity introduces students to Animal Farm and the concept of an allegory. Students read the background information and notes about the Russian Revolution. Then, before starting Animal Farm, students write their own allegory. Students apply their learning and create creative and interesting allegories about the Russian Revolution. This can be done as a 20-minute journal entry at the start of class, or made into a more formal assignment. I prefer it as an individual assignment, but it also works well in small groups of 2-3 students.
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