Fire is catching

8 06 2020

1. Do you know the story? Try summarizing it using a SWBST chart.

2. Why were the “Games” decreed? Read more HERE.

3. Who is Katniss Everdeen? Try completing this CHARACTER MAP.




Words have the power to shape thought

4 06 2020

1. Watch the video and then take the TEST.

2. How does “Orwellian” compare to “authoritarian”? Take the QUIZ.

3. Why does George Orwell matter? Do a reading comprehension exercise on his BIOGRAPHY.




No animal shall drink alcohol “to excess”

26 05 2020

1. Listen to this as you read the chapter.  Test your understanding HERE.

2. What are some of the reasons that make the pigs’ totalitarianism possible?

3. Listen to the poem. What connections can you make to Animal Farm? Read more HERE.

 

 




Animal Hero, first Class

19 05 2020

1. Watch this video and listen carefully for examples of language used as a tool of manipulation. Read more HERE.

2. Why are times so tough for animals on Animal Farm? How does the chapter parallel real history? Take a reading comprehension test on chapter 7 HERE.

 

3. Listen to ALRA postgraduates speak about Animal Farm and the roles everyone plays. Which role would YOU like to play? Explain why in a 3-minute video presentation.




Every dream begins with a dreamer.

13 05 2020

YOUR TASK: “You are a communication manager. You’re working for a utopian project. Make a leaflet to promote it”.

Give precise information. Explain the idea behind the project (values, rules, goals). You can use an online tool like www.canva.com  to make your leaflet.

1. Learn what Utopia is with the British Library. Then use this INTERACTIVE to answer the question, “Can perfect worlds ever exist in reality?”  

2. Learn why John Lennon and Yoko Ono created Nutopia. Utopia may be nearly impossible to find, but now you can rent Nutopia!

3. What is EPCOT? Can you explain the name? What makes this project a typical utopia?

4. Explain the advantages of co-housing. Do you see any drawbacks in this way of life? 

5. Click below to study a literary text and find out more about YOUR TASK.

 




Napoleon is always right

7 05 2020

1. Listen to this reading of chapter 5. Find it in print HERE.

2. Why does conflict arise on Animal Farm? What parallels can be made with Soviet Russia?

3. Click below to study a passage from chapter 5.

4. How to use rhetoric to get what you want. Take the TEST.  

5. Listen and pick out: a formula for making great phrases; one example of a figure of rhetoric and how it works; the reason why the speaker mentions Kate Perry; one example of a former president’s use of rhetoric; who the speaker predicted would win the 2016 election and 3 reasons why people use rhetoric. Read more HERE.




Watching over your welfare

7 04 2020

1. Listen to the story and check how much you know about the main events HERE.

2. Listen to this analysis of chapter three and chart the failure of Animalism HERE

 




All animals are equal

25 03 2020

1. The pigs have reduced the principles of Animalism to Seven Commandments. Click below to study a passage from the book. 

2. ‘Animal Farm’ was the first animated feature produced in England. 

3. Click below to learn how the CIA played a central role in getting the movie done.  




On and around Animal Farm

11 03 2020

YOUR TASK: choose  any two or three documents (texts, visuals, videos, audios…) and build up your student portfolio. You can combine pieces related to either or both of the works we are studying this year (i.e. Oscar Wilde’s play and George Orwell’s novella 🙂 

1. Click on the pic below. Why did T.S. Elliot refuse to publish Animal Farm? Read more HERE

2. Do you find this graphic novel to be faithful to Orwell’s original?

3. Listen to this punk version of Old Major’s song. Analyse the original HERE.

4. What was Roger Waters’ source of inspiration for this album?

5. Listen to the audio book until the end of chapter two. List the main events of the story and answer this QUESTION. Read it in print HERE.




‘Four legs good, two legs bad.’

8 02 2020

1. A few terms to remember: find out about fable and allegory. Find out more HERE.

2. Learn more about the novella’s historical background.

3. Who was George Orwell? What was his motivation for writing?

4. More on the historical and political context.

5. Listen to the audio book version of the story. Read the story in print HERE.