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Animal Farm Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan for George Orwell's Animal Farm, teachers will help their students gain a better understanding of political allegory in the 20th-century novel. Students will study the art of persuasion as well as the roles of rules and individuals in society. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Identify Old Major, Boxer, Clover, Benjamin and Mollie in Animal Farm. Old Major was an old pig highly regarded by the other animals. He began the whole idea of the revolution. Boxer was a huge, strong horse, not very smart but of good character. Clover was a motherly, middle-aged mare. Benjamin was a donkey, the oldest animal on the farm. He was skeptical, cynical, and never laughed. Also, he was friends with Boxer. Mollie was a "foolish, pretty white mare" who liked sugar and pretty ribbons.
- For what purpose did Major call the meeting of the animals? He wanted to tell them about his vision of a happier time for animals, a time when the animals can live together and have a much better life without Man.
- What was Snowball's role in the Battle of the Cowshed? Snowball's role was one of leadership. Not only did he plan the battle in advance, he bravely fought with the animals. The animals' perception of Snowball's role in this battle was one of the things that Squealer is able to eventually reverse through propaganda.
- What happened to Boxer in Animal Farm? Boxer was seriously injured. Napoleon said he would send Boxer to be treated at a hospital; however, he actually sold him to the butcher. When the animals suspected foul play, Squealer told them the truck's lettering was wrong and that unfortunately Boxer died at the hospital. It is also implied that the pigs bought whiskey with the money they received from selling Boxer.
- What did the other animals see when they looked in to the farmhouse? They saw the pigs in alliance with the humans. Then a fight broke out between the pigs and the humans over a card game. The animals couldn't tell the pigs from the humans.
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