by George Orwell
Lesson plans and teaching resources
Teacher Guide to
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Includes plot summary/diagram, essential questions, vocabulary, conflict, allegory, more. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.
100-Year-Old Color Photos from the Russian Empire
Color photographs of peasants, factory workers, noblemen, soldiers, sailors and botanists taken from 1909 to 1912. Good background material.
Text of the novel in multiple formats: online, printable, ePub, and Kindle.
Audio book, downloadable in MP3 and Ogg Vorbis formats.
Overview, emphasis on fable, learning activities. This extensive teachers guide requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
This unit plan focuses on characterization and propaganda.
Looking at a theme of corruption caused by power, this site includes theme openers, crosscurricular activities, and research assignments.
Reading Group Guide
Twenty discussion questions.
: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
In this unit plan, students explore the concept of allegory and its use in the novel.
27 words and definitions.
Bring your Character in a Bag
An activity that emphasizes allegory, symbolism, and oral presentation.
The Complete Project
Nine activities asking students to research topics drawn from the novel and respond in writing and other ways. Great ideas here!
Illustrated by Ralph Steadman
A sampling of Steadman's illustrations of the 50th-anniversary edition (1995) and some comments on the novel by Orwell. Possible writing prompt: choose one illustration. What aspects has the artist emphasized, and what does that reveal about the artist's interpretation of that part of the novel?
Glencoe Literature Library:
The study guide is available in PDF format. Adobe Reader is required in order to access it.
Global Book Club
Activities related to the novel.
Orwell's Preface to
This essay, intended as the preface to the novel, was published posthumously under the title "The Freedom of the Press."
The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth
Using examples from Animal Farm and other sources, this blog examines the power of sentence variety, especially the short sentence.
Top Ten Quotes
Key quotations from Animal Farm .
Words are divided by chapters and presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent use, more.