Shooting an Elephant {Digital & PDF}

Grade Levels
7th - 8th
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
27 core PDF pages; 19 Digital pages
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  1. This resource provides the materials to form literature circles for students to work together, understand and enjoy the essays “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell and "The Night the Bed Fell" by James Thurber. Students will think about what they read, write responses to these essays in their dis
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  2. This bundle of Core Knowledge 7th Grade ELA curriculum covers many of the of the key components of the Core Knowledge 7th Grade English sequence, pages 175-179.I. Writing, Grammar and Usage (p. 175) B. Speaking and Listening Better Communication Skills Teaching Listening Skills Teaching
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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).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.


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