Informational texts to accompany George Orwell's Animal Farm
Animal Farm is the satirical story of a group of barnyard animals, led initially by Major the old boar, that overthrows their human masters and strive to live equally with each other. Written in the 1940s, the dystopian novel reflects on Soviet economic and political philosophies. Animal Farm is regularly listed as one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century.
Additional Reading Practice
- AACLU Wins Settlement for Sixth-Grader's Facebook Posting (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Appeals Court Finds Nevada School's Uniform Policy Unconstitutional (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.4)
- Distant Planet Terrified It Might Be Able to Someday Support Human Life (an article from satirical newspaper The Onion) (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.5)
- New Report Finds Climate Change Caused By 7 Billion Key Individuals (from The Onion) (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- Would a Drop in Population Be a Positive or a Negative? (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- We The Economy: That Film About Money (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.7)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- The Constitution of the United States (Grades 6-8; CCSS.RH.6-8.5; CCSS.WHST.6-8.1)
- The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right. (Grade 9; CCSS.RI.9-10.4; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- A More Perfect Union (Grades 9-10; CCSS.RH.9-10.5; CCSS.WHST.9-10.1)
- We Need to Do More When It Comes To Having Brief, Panicked Thoughts About Climate Change (from The Onion) (Grade 12; CCSS.RI.11-12.4; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- The U.S. Constitution: How do certain elements of the United States Constitution reflect the issues faced by the new nation?
- Humor: What can humor communicate that other types of communication cannot?
- Food and Our Environment: How do personal food choices make an impact on the environment?
- Value: How do cultures assign value to goods and currencies?