Shooting an Elephant {Digital & PDF}

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This resource provides the materials to form literature circles for students to work together, understand and enjoy the essay “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell. Students will think about what they read, write responses to this essay in their discussion logs, and will discuss their ideas in small groups with other students. Along with teacher directions for five to seven fifty-five minute lessons, it includes the following:

  • Timeline of George Orwell’s Life
  • "Shooting an Elephant” Word Account
  • Student Examples from a Word Account
  • Discussion Log Directions
  • Evaluation of Discussion Log (editable)
  • Guidelines for Literature Circle Discussion
  • Prompts to Help Your LC Move Along
  • Basic Structure of Your Literature Circle Discussion
  • Evaluation of Discussion (editable)
  • Literature Circle Calendar (editable)
  • Teacher Guiding Questions “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell
  • Student Examples from a Word Account
  • "Shooting an Elephant” Test
  • Answer Key

Along with PDF copies, you will also be given access to links that will allow you to open the unit handouts, rubrics, and test in Google Slides. You can edit these as you like and share the files with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.


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Total Pages
27 core PDF pages; 19 Digital pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., verbal irony, puns) in context.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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