9th Honors Literature
Unit Outline- George Orwell’s Animal Farm
Essential Questions: Can you identify an author’s purpose through the development of allegorical
parallels? Can you analyze a text for the rhetorical patterns found in propaganda? Can you identify the
use of the classical appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos? Can you identify and analyze evidence that
demonstrates theme? Through what methods does an author develop satirical writing? What is the
purpose in utilizing the fable? Can you analyze the ways in which diction choices and the development
of figurative language may affect theme or author’s purpose? Can you deepen understanding of
Animal Farm through an understanding of the historical background? Can you practice the timed
Georgia Performance Standards Covered: ELA9RL1, ELA9RL2, ELA9RL3, ELA9W4,
*Note that agenda is subject to change*
Day/ Date In Class Homework
Friday Historical/Literary/Authorial Context- Webquest If you did not complete
9/16/11 Background on the Russian Revolution, Allegory, Fable, the webquest in class,
and Orwell you need to finish it over
Monday **Underclass Picture Day!** If you did not finish
9/19/11 Distribute copies of Animal Farm reading or answering the
Chapter 1 discussion questions discussion questions, you
will need to do so
Tuesday Discuss background info and chapter 1 of Animal Farm Read and continue
9/20/11 annotating chapter 2.
Wednesday Examining Allegorical Parallels in characters Begin reading chapter 3.
9/21/11 Discuss Chapters 1 and 2 Study both vocab lists 1
and 2 in preparation for
Thursday Vocabulary Quiz 2 Be certain you have read
9/22/11 Examining the use of manipulative language through chapter 3 by
Excerpts from Spun tomorrow.
Friday Continue reading the excerpt from UnSpun Over the weekend, find
9/23/11 Use the general outline to answer questions on handout an advertisement from a
Discuss chapter 3 magazine or newspaper
that clearly manipulates
language and reflect
upon what methods the
ad employs. Read and
annotate chapter 4.
Monday Vocabulary List 3 “Out” Complete the handout
9/26/11 Pair Share- Manipulative language in chapter 3 labeled “Squealers
How have the pigs altered the Seven Commandments in Speech and Logical
a way that may potentially allow them to mask any Fallacies.”
corruption? Think about what the new phrase lacks that
the Seven Commandments contained.
Class discussion – Logical fallacies
Tuesday Discuss “Squealer’s Speech and Logical Fallacies” Read and annotate
9/27/11 Discuss allegorical references and development of violence in chapter 5.
Wednesday Computer Lab-Guided Peer Questioning Update annotations as
9/28/11 needed. Complete
Thursday Vocabulary List 3 DUE Tonight develop five
9/29/11 Grammar: Review Grammar Quiz 1 sentences using any of
Minilesson: Direct Objects your vocabulary words
with clear direct objects
Friday Review direct object sentences Writing: Imagine how
9/30/11 Group Activity- Examining evidence of power shifts and Snowball might have run
manifestation of themes and satirical developement things if he had gotten
rid of Napoleon. Would
things have been any
different? Are there
Snowball's ideas for
running the farm would
have proved more
beneficial to the animals?
Or would things have
turned out the same?
Monday In-Class Writing- Using evidence from the first five chapters, Read and annotate
10/3/11 write a brief essay regarding who would ultimately make the chapter 6.
more effective leader on Animal Farm: Snowball or Napoleon?
Tuesday Jigsaw Activity- Discussion questions over chapter 6 Update annotations as
Wednesday Discussion and review of chapters 5 & 6 Need to have chapter 8
10/5/11 read and annotated by
Thursday Grammar: Indirect Objects and Objects of Prepositions Be certain you have read
10/6/11 and annotated chapter 8
Friday Themes and Questions Gallery Walk- Evidence pulled from You will need to finish
10/7/11 chapters 1-8. reading and annotating
over the weekend.
Monday Snowball Activity Be certain that you have
10/10/11 Discuss Gallery Walk and Themes and Allegorical References thoroughly read and
found in Chapters 1-8 annotated through the
conclusion of the novel.
Tuesday Group Activity Update annotations as
10/11/11 Final developments and satirical ideas presented by needed. Begin studying
Orwell for Thursday’s
Wednesday Final discussion of Animal Farm Be certain you have all
10/12/11 annotations prepared for
Friday’s exam. Study for
quiz over lists 1-3!
Thursday Vocabulary Quiz 3 Be certain to have your
10/13/11 Grammar: Predicate Nominative and Appositives copy of Animal Farm
and all annotations with
you in class tomorrow.
Friday Animal Farm Exam! Our next novel is George
10/14/11 Orwell’s 1984. We will
begin reading on
Tuesday, so if you want
your own copy, you may
need to get it over the