I have four resources that are perfect to pair with your Animal Farm!
1. Allegorical Events Graphic Organizer: This can be used throughout the novel or as part of a final assessment. The organizer is broken up into two columns with 10 rows (one row for each chapter). On the left column is a summary of an event from the Russian Revolution. On the right side students provide a summary the Animal Farm event that is similar to the event listed on the left. For example, they are given a brief summary of Marx and his beliefs. The students would then provide a summary of chapter one focusing on Old Major (Marx) and his beliefs about Animalism and rising up. Two extension questions are given for students to explain Orwell's purpose in using animals and his choices with Mr. Jones. *****This is available as an individual product in my story as well*******
2. Allegorical Character Graphic Organizer: Similar to the one above, students are given summaries of different people/groups of people involved in the Russian Revolution. The students need to identify which Animal Farm character matches the real-life person/groups of people. ***** This is available as an individual product in my store as well*******
3. Propaganda: Includes a brief lesson on four different types of propaganda: fear tactics, bandwagon, glittering generalities, and testimonials. Students then read different quotes from the text in order to determine what type of propaganda Squealer uses. Finally, students create their own presidential campaign ads for a candidate of their choice. Since the quotes from the text reference chapters three and five of the text, this lesson is best to use any time after chapter five.
4. Ted Talk Guide: This Ted Talk about willful blindness is perfect to pair with Animal Farm. It really helps students to understand how the animals accept what is happening and do not fight back against Napoleon. The talk is almost 15 minutes long and there are guide questions as well as extension questions to help students link the new information back to Animal Farm. This lesson can be used as independent work, sub plans, or as a class.