This is a 67 page lesson plan for Anthem written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"Imagine a world in which the word “I” has been outlawed for hundreds of years, where people have numbers for names, in which it is a sin to have a friend, and where faceless councils dictate that all humans must spend their days in toiling for the “good of our brothers”—a world in which technological progress erodes and is eventually abandoned.
This is the world of Anthem, a political allegory written by Ayn Rand in 1937. The hero, Equality 7-2521, struggles to fight against an oppressive regime and to recapture the one word that will affirm his individuality. We readers can be forgiven for feeling frustrated on his behalf. In a culture so dominated by our own individual whims, we take the primacy of the individual for granted."