by Kathryn L. Wall, Ph.D.
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.