The hardest part about teaching Animal Farm is gathering, organizing, and teaching the information about Russian history that the students will need to know in order for them to fully appreciate the allegory. With this packet, the work is already done for you! This packet contains two sets of fill-in-the-blank notes to be used for an overview of the Russian Revolution and Communism before reading George Orwell’s allegorical novella Animal Farm. Each set of notes comes with a key. After the notes, there is a sixty-question multiple choice and true/false test over both sets of notes as well as a key.
If you are looking for a fun, creative way to assess your students' understanding of the historical events and people, I am also selling the instructions and rubric for a Russian history inspired board game project. The students create their own board game inspired by what they have learned and then get a chance to play each others' games!