Animal Farm - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Dystopia

Genre: British Literature, Allegory

Page Count: 70 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9-10 weeks

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A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. The stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned - a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a chilling totalitarian regime just as terrible! From its stirring slogans to its thought-provoking themes, this literary classic serves as a stark reminder of the timeless struggle for freedom.
Originally targeting Stalinist Russia, "Animal Farm" transcends its historical context, resonating with any struggle against oppression. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's timeless masterpiece has a relevant meaning and a message still ferociously fresh. Immerse yourself in the gripping narrative of "Animal Farm," where ideals clash, and the consequences of unchecked power unfold. A must-read for those who value progress, justice, freedom, and equality.

Progeny Press' Animal Farm Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Author Biography: Learn more about the life of George Orwell and gain insight into his motivation and influence.
Background Information: Understand the concepts of governments and economics, giving valuable context for the novel.
Before-You-Read Activities: Engage in activities exploring Russia, allegories, and the Spanish Civil War, providing a deeper understanding of Animal Farm.
Vocabulary: Master words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Analyze a range of literary techniques throughout the novel that include thesaurus, antonyms, anthropomorphism, personification, foreshadowing, rhetoric, poetic justice, dictionary, irony, misdirection, maxim, mood, juxtaposition, comic relief, corollary, paradox, euphemism, doublespeak, epiphany, synonym, nihilism, in context, full-circle ending, conflict, dramatic structure, theme.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Explore moral values woven in, including care for animals, charity and helping the poor, work together, sanctity of life, love our enemies, leadership, faith in God, fear-mongering, anxiety, fear, trust, power vs. humility, servanthood, obeying authority, justly challenging authority and abuse, despair, depression, ethnocentrism (racism).
Activities and Writing Assignments: Enhance your study with diverse activities and assignments that cover historical connections, essays, music, poster, Golden Age, Caesar, military, flags, committees, science, debate, class discussion, politics, journalism, newspapers, art, historical revisionism vs. historical  negationism, Bible study, propaganda, and free speech.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Continue your studies with a curated and in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Animal Farm by George Orwell.All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Great Books of the Western World • #46 Big Read List (UK’s top 200) • #1 UK School Choice • TIME magazine 100 Best All-time Novels • #31 Modern Library Best 20th-Century Novels • Hugo Award • Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Allegory, Dystopian, Political Fable, Stalinist Soviet Union, Totalitarianism
British Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
91 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael S. Gilleland
For the Book By:
George Orwell

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    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Linda on 11th Nov 2021


    Animal Farm Study Guide

    My daughter in Grade 10 and I are enjoying this study very much. Thought provoking and a cautionary tale regarding the slippery slope North America has entered into.

  • Posted by Janet on 30th Oct 2020



    Not only do students learn literary terms and political ideologies, but they also do much research on Russian/Soviet history, including the revolution and introduction to communism with all its brutality, deception, and failures. An excellent unit on literature, history and politics.