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.
Grade Level Appropriateness
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