Animal Farm
Age 12-14: Concept 1 - Semester 1: Unit 2

Animal Farm is a well-known, award-winning novel by the British author George Orwell and is a satire about the Russian Revolution and Joseph Stalin's leadership of the Soviet Union at the time of World War II. Instead of using the names of actual politicians in this story, Orwell replaces them with farm animals and uses them to explore the theme of power: how it gets distributed in society and its corrupting influence. In this unit, you learn about the elements of a story, such as plot and theme, as well as the genre of satire and the literary device of personification. In addition, you will cover the use of pronouns and learn about different letter-writing genres.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the eighth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: What Is a Theme?
  • Lesson 2: Major's Dream
  • Lesson 3: The Rebellion
  • Lesson 4: Work on the Farm
  • Lesson 5: The Battle of the Cowshed
  • Lesson 6: Comrade Napoleon
  • Lesson 7: Changes on the Farm
  • Lesson 8: The End of the Rebellion
  • Lesson 9: The Battle of the Windmill
  • Lesson 10: Boxer's Fate
  • Lesson 11: The Farmers Pay a Visit
  • Final Project: Animal Farm Letter (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze and evaluate themes and central ideas in literature and other texts in relation to personal and societal issues. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze how the central characters' qualities influence the theme of a fictional work and resolution of the central conflict. (Language Arts)
  • Apply the parts of speech to clarify language usage. (Language Arts)
  • Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (Language Arts)
  • Continue to identify and edit errors in spoken and written English by using correct spelling of words appropriate in difficulty for eighth graders and refining mastery of an individualized list of commonly misspelled words. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing and demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English usage in everyday speech and more formal oral presentations. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (Language Arts)
  • Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text. (Language Arts)
  • Independently practice formal oral presentations. (Language Arts)
  • Produce final drafts/presentations that demonstrate accurate spelling and the correct use of punctuation, capitalization, and format. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and/or create an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context. (Language Arts)
  • Self correct errors in everyday speech. (Language Arts)
  • Use pronouns correctly, including clear antecedents and case. (Language Arts)
  • Write a letter that reflects an opinion, registers a complaint, or requests information in a business or friendly context. (Language Arts)
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