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1 Animal Farm by George Orwell Introduce the author George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair Born: June 25, 1903, Motihari Died: January 21, 1950, London Occupation: novelist, political writer and journalist Award: Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Give a brief biographical note Eric Arthur Blair was known by his pen name George Orwell. His writings are known for his ideas of social injustice. He was opposed to totalitarianism, and wrote creatively about it. He has influenced the political word with his iconic phrases of Big Brother is watching you, cold war, doublethink, thoughtcrime, and thought police. His work continues to influence our social and political worlds. Introduce the words: Pseudonym a fictitious name; nom de plume pen name; pen name an author s pseudonym Orwell s contemporaries Frank O Connor, September 17, 1903 March 10, 1966; Tennessee Williams, March 26, 1911 February 25, 1983 Question: What is a famous George Orwell quote? Answer: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Question: What is a famous George Orwell expression? Discuss this expression in relation to Animal Farm. Answer: Big brother is watching you. Pre-reading Activity Have students make up a pen name based on their personality and character, write it on one side of an index card, write their real name on the other side. Collect them, and have students guess whose pen name is whose, based on what they know about their classmates personality and character. Skills to be taught in the worksheets and test for Animal Farm Reading comprehension and interpretation vocabulary through context clues personality and character in fiction what characters do and say similarities and differences As students read through the text, stop, discuss aspects of the story, and teach examples of the skills found in the worksheets and tests. Supplemental enrichment Have students visit web sites that feature George Orwell s political quotes, for written interpretation and discussion.

2 Name Date Class work / Homework 1 Animal Farm by George Orwell Understanding Character There are a cast of characters in Animal Farm. We judge a person s character by what she does and says. Example: What Jenny Does She volunteers at the senior citizen s center every Wednesday, and on Saturdays, she volunteers to walk the dogs at the animal shelter. What Jenny Says She says, I feel so sorry for the little abandoned doggies, but I don t let them feel sad. I walk them and play with them and give them treats and hugs. 1. What kind of a girl is Jenny? _ 2. Put a check beside everything Jenny would NOT do, and be able to defend your answers. Jenny helps the teacher keep the reading center clean and organized. x Jenny charges the teacher a dollar every time she offers to help, because she needs it to buy dog treats for the dogs at the shelter. x Jenny lets her friend get answers from her paper when they take a test because she feels sorry for her friend not being as smart as she is. Jenny won t let her friend cheat from her paper, but she always offers to help her with her homework.? Jenny invited the new girl to her sleepover, even though she knows her other friends do not like her. Have students discuss the pros and cons of this.

3 Name Date Class work / Homework 2 Animal Farm by George Orwell Understanding Character There are a cast of characters in Animal Farm. We judge a person s character by what she does and says. Complete the following character charts. Snowball What Snowball does What Snowball says Napoleon What Napoleon does What Napoleon says Which do you like the better, and why?

4 Name Date Class work / Homework 3 Animal Farm by George Orwell Understanding Character There are a cast of characters in Animal Farm. We judge a person s character by what she does and says. Choose a character from Animal Farm and complete the character chart. Character s name What the character does What the character says Judge the character. What is he or she capable of saying and doing, or not capable of saying and doing? Support your answer with the information above.

5 Name Answer Key Date Test / Animal Farm Vocabulary from pgs Directions: Give the definitions of the following vocabulary words based on the context clues in the text s sentences. Students may use the novel for an extended reading of the text. 1. enmity hate I have little more to say. I merely repeat, remember always your duty of enmity towards Man and all his ways. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. 2. infancy childhood Many years ago, when I was a little pig, my mother and the other sows used to sing an old song of which they knew only the tune and the first three words. I had known that tune in my infancy, but it had long since passed out of my mind. 3. Animalism complete system of thought These three had elaborated old Major s teachings into a complete system of thought, to which they gave the name of Animalism. Several nights a week, after Mr. Jones was asleep, they held secret meetings in the barn and expounded the principles of Animalism to the others. 4. knoll grassy hill; small mound But they woke at dawn as usual, and suddenly remembering the glorious thing that had happened, they all raced out into the pasture together. A little way down the pasture there was a knoll that commanded a view of most of the farm. The animals rushed to the top of it and gazed round them in the clear morning light. 5. gambolled jumping and playing

6 Yes, it was theirs -- everything that they could see was theirs! In the ecstasy of that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves into the air in great leaps of excitement. 6. reproached scowled; fussed at; criticized Going back, the others found that she had remained behind in the best bedroom. She had taken a piece of blue ribbon from Mrs. Jones s dressing-table, and was holding it against her shoulder and admiring herself in the glass in a very foolish manner. The others reproached her sharply, and they went outside. 7. unalterable not changeable These Seven Commandments would now be inscribed on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after. 8. implements tools; utensils Sometimes the work was hard; the implements had been designed for human beings and not for animals, and it was a great drawback that no animal was able to use any tool that involved standing on his hind legs. 9. shirked not do his or her job But everyone worked according to his capacity.nobody shirked -- or almost nobody. Mollie, it was true, was not good at getting up in the mornings, and had a way of leaving work early on the ground that there was a stone in her hoof. 10. maxim principle; rule; law After much thought Snowball declared that the Seven Commandments could in effect be reduced to a single maxim, namely: Four legs good, two legs bad. This, he said, contained the essential principle of Animalism.

7 Name Answer Key Date _ Test / Animal Farm Character Traits Match the following statements to the animal based on his personality and character. Write the name of the animal on the line. Animal Name Genus Personality and Character Old Major Old boar (pig) Wise, a leader; experienced Napoleon Pig A smart leader; he argued w/snowball; he had a following of animals Snowball Pig A smart leader; he argued w/napoleon; he had ideas Mollie Mare (female horse) Conceited; self-centered, foolish Old Benjamin Donkey Wise, cynical; pessimistic Boxer Horse Faithful, follower; hard worker Clover Old mare Kind, caring; motherly Squealer Porker (young teen pig) Follower of Snowball and Napoleon 1. Squealer He would probably go to the other animals to convince them that Napoleon s words were true or correct. 2. Mollie She wanted an easy life filled with pretty things and delicious treats. 3. Clover She probably worried about Mollie, and wondered if she was doing okay.

8 4. Old Benjamin He went to bed every night not convinced that the projects of Animal Farm would amount to anything. 5. Napoleon He changed the rules as often as he needed to for his own advancement and comfort. 6. Boxer If there was extra work that needed to be done, he was the one to do it. 7. Snowball He probably would have started animal schools and encouraged all of the animals to get an education. 8. Old Major He was the type to encourage all of his animal friends to come together to learn about their history. 9. How does Napoleon change in the story? 10. On the Venn diagram below, fill in how Mollie and Clover are similar and different.

9 11. What are your likes, dislikes, and attitude about the text? 12. How did Boxer s beliefs guide his actions? 13. Which one is your favorite character and why? 14. Which one is your least favorite character and why?

10 Name Date Comprehension Test / from Chapter Seven to End Animal Farm by George Orwell 1. Why did the hens have to give up their eggs? 2. How has Snowball s role been changed by the end of Chapter Six? 3. Why did Napoleon begin executing animals? 4. Whom did Boxer blame for the executions? What was his solution? 5. Why did the animals sing the Beasts of England song slowly and mournfully as they were gathered on the knoll?

11 6. Why was the singing of Beasts of England banned? 7. In what ways has Napoleon set himself apart from the other animals? 8. How did Frederick cheat Napoleon? 9. What moved the animals to attack Frederick and his men at the Battle of the Windmill? 10. Why was Comrade Napoleon dying? 11. What were the Seven Commandments? 1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. 2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

12 3. No animal shall wear clothes. 4. No animal shall sleep in a bed. 5. No animal shall drink alcohol. 6. No animal shall kill any other animal. 7. All animals are equal. 12. Who gained leadership of the animals? Why? 13. What changes did Napoleon make first? 14. Why did Napoleon begin executing animals? 15. Why was Comrade Napoleon dying?

13 16. What happened to Boxer? 17. The animals on the farm worked hard. What was their consolation? 18. What was Clover startled to discover? 19. What commandment took the place of the Seven Commandments? 20. What did the other animals see when they looked in to the farmhouse?

14 Name Date _ Review Test / Animal Farm Character Traits Animal Name Genus Personality and Character Old Major Napoleon Snowball Mollie Old Benjamin Boxer Clover Squealer 9. Which is your favorite character and why? 10. Which one is your least favorite character and why?

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