This 1954 animated movie was funded by the CIA as the arms race heated up during the Cold War. It is available on youtube.com or Netflix. I have written this lesson plan to use with the Russian Revolution but it can be used with the French Revolution, Mao’s communist revolution or others.
With this purchase you get:
Background information on Orwell and his book
A list of characters in the movie and which aspects/people of the Russian Revolution they represent.
Nine questions on the movie (two of these require students to select from a provided list of quotes from Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Orwell and
Lord Acton and apply these quotes to the movie.
A three page summary of the movie that I typed
An eight item timeline of the Russian Revolution that highlights parallels between Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution.
If you like Orwell you might also check out my Shooting an Elephant short story by Orwell about the Age of Imperialism.
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