This is a complete unit for George Orwell's "Animal Farm," that I used with an 8th Grade classroom containing both Regular Education and Learning Support students. The activities are easily adaptable to students in all reading levels. The unit contains vocabulary activities for each chapter, study questions for each chapter, and a variety of different projects and activities that develop students higher-level thinking skills as they extend and refine their knowledge about the novel. Other activities include debates on the themes and events in the book, visual dictionaries for the vocabulary words, a lesson on the historical inspiration for the novel, writing activities, and more. There are approximately 32 activities altogether including a comprehensive final test, and answer keys.
The study questions do not simply ask students to recall information from the test, but also encourage them to predict what might happen next, connect with the characters, react to the ideas expressed in the novel, and share their own opinions about what they are writing. By keeping the vocabulary words and study questions to approximately 8-12 per chapter, students do not feel overwhelmed and teachers can feel assured that the essential information is being covered with plenty of time left to work on those extending-refining activities. Each activity is also available individually.
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