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8 Great Teaching Tools for Reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm in KS4 English

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  • 8 Great Teaching Tools for Reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm in KS4 English

Your students have probably been reading books about farmyard animals as far back as they can remember. Not, however, quite like this.

Animal Farm articulated the fear we all have that animals are poised, waiting for just the right moment to take over. You know, like a much cuter version of Planet of the Apes.


Look at them! Plotting!

OK, so perhaps there’s more to it than that.

For many young readers Orwell is a first dalliance into politics – whether it’s this fairytale parable of Stalinist dictatorships, or 1984, a dystopian parable of Stalinist dictatorships and how they betray true socialism.

These early steps into politics and allegory can be confusing for teenagers, which is why the classroom is the perfect setting for studying Orwell’s masterpieces – “So Orwell wrote two classic novels criticising the extreme left, but was still a democratic socialist?” Yes. “So, extreme left bad, right also bad?” Yes, welcome to the world of politics. Not much has changed.

“And, four legs good, two legs bad?” Yes, but we’ll get to that.

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