Animal Farm Study 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 English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student(s) with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Author Biography: Learn about the life of George Orwell and the inspirations behind his iconic works.
Background Information: Examine the concepts of governments and economics, providing  context for the events of the story.
Before-You-Read Activities: Prepare yourself for a successful ELA study by exploring Russia, allegories, and the Spanish Civil War.
Vocabulary: Complete a variety of activities designed to improve retention and growth, making vocabulary work engaging and effective.
Literary Techniques: Reflect on the literary techniques employed within the novel such as using a thesaurus, antonyms, the use of anthropomorphism and personification, foreshadowing events, the power of rhetoric, poetic justice, and utilizing a dictionary. Understand irony, misdirection, maxim, mood, juxtaposition, comic relief, corollary, paradox, euphemism, and unraveling doublespeak. Gain insight with epiphany, synonym, nihilism, in context, full-circle ending, conflict, dramatic structure, and theme.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discuss some of the deeper issues, including care for animals, charity and helping the poor, working together, sanctity of life, the challenge to love our enemies, leadership, and having faith in God. Dig into conditions and concepts like fear-mongering, anxiety, fear, trust, power vs. humility, servanthood, obeying authority, justly challenging authority and abuse, despair, depression, and ethnocentrism (racism).
Activities and Writing Assignments: Enhance your Christian ELA study with activities and assignments that cover historical connections, essays, music, making posters, examining the concept of a Golden Age, Caesar, military, flags, committees, science, and debate. Participate in class discussion, study politics, journalism, newspapers, art, historical revisionism vs. historical  negationism, conduct a Bible study, dissect propaganda, and understand free speech.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Continue your reading journey with an in-depth reading list of more books by George Orwell and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Animal Farm.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

 Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on tired teenage high school student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel study has plenty of whitespace for high school level student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
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  • Our PDF Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Reader program. With the fillable form fields, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA PDF guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher. 

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 refines 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
Workbook ISBN: