Lesson Plan

Animal Farm: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion

Introduce your class members to allegory and propaganda with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Readers examine the text as an allegory, consider the parallels to collective farms and the communist state, examine the characters' names, and reflect on forms of tyranny. The activities could be assigned to small groups, or used sequentially, as research projects.

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Pros
  • Resource provides links to additional background information
Cons
  • The lack of development of the ideas behind the activities makes the resource of limited value to first-time teachers of Orwell's novella
  • Because the four activities are traditionally used with Animal Farm, the resource is of limited value to those who have often used Orwell's tale with their classes