Animal Farm Lesson Plans
by George Orwell

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Our comprehensive Animal Farm lesson plan teaches not just reading comprehension but also history, politics, and critical thinking. Animal Farm learning objectives include understanding how the novel acts as both a fable and an allegory through extended metaphor, and identifying the main themes of the story. Teaching Animal Farm gives students opportunities to study rich literary and thematic content through classroom activities and exercises.

Our Premium Lesson Plans and Activities for Animal Farm include a comprehensive eNotes lesson plan for studying the entire novel—complete with a multiple-choice exam, essay questions, vocabulary exercises, and a comprehensive answer key—a detailed stand-alone lesson plan that focuses on how characterization develops themes, and a response journal filled with writing and discussion prompts to facilitate students’ reading of the novel. 

Each of these documents has been written and vetted by our in-house educators and editors. Animal Farm lesson plans are geared toward high school English class, particularly matching the general 10th grade curriculum. In addition to our eNotes Animal Farm lesson plan, we have free materials available, including Animal Farm lesson plan ideas and activities contributed by teacher users.

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  • Animal Farm eNotes Lesson Plan

    Learning Objectives: By the end of this unit, students should be able to  explain how Animal Farm works as both a fable and an allegory; identify and discuss how the different characters are used as allegorical figures; explain how the novel addresses themes related to idealism, justice, power, and corruption; identify...

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  • Animal Farm eNotes Teaching Guide

    Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, George Orwell's Animal Farm has been a mainstay of English classrooms since its publication in 1945. While the text has its challenging spots—violence and a grim perspective—teaching this text to your students will be rewarding for everyone. Teaching Animal Farm will give them unique insight into...

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  • Animal Farm eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    Old Major says that all animals are equal. What signs do you see in Chapter I to show that this might not be true? What animals are not immediately considered friends? What animals seem to be more or less intelligent than the others? How do you think these differences will affect the society...

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  • Animal Farm Character Analysis Lesson Plan

    Theme Developed Through Characterization in Animal Farm: This lesson focuses on how characterization is employed in developing themes in Animal Farm. Students will analyze Orwell’s characterization of Napoleon and Boxer and infer themes from the contrasts in their characters. In studying how Boxer and Napoleon are characterized, students will be better...

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  • Animal Farm Reading Comprehension Quiz

    This quiz contains reading comprehension questions for Animal Farm.

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