Objective Identify how Orwell’s background influenced his writing. Readings and Materials Article: “George Orwell Biography” by Mr. Crocker 8th Grade English Unit 4: Animal Farm Lesson 1 Standards Current Standards Reading Standards for Informational Text RI.8.3 — Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories). Target Task Question 1 Part a Because of his background, what themes can you infer Orwell will address in his novels? a. forgiveness and compassion b. ove and rivalry c. revenge d. leadership and power Part b What two pieces of evidence support your answer above? a. “Cruel administrators ran the schools Orwell attended, and they were interested in tormenting and singling out the students who did not pay their own way.” (paragraph 3) b. “In his essay, ‘Shooting an Elephant,’ he describes an incident in which he felt compelled to shoot an elephant in front of a large crowd of Burmese simply to avoid looking like a fool.” (paragraph 3) c. “When he returned to England in 1927 he resolved to fulfill his childhood ambition to be a writer.” (paragraph 3) d. “Back in England, he lived in a series of cheap hotels in the East End of London and also traveled through the countryside ‘tramping’ and doing some agricultural labor.” (paragraph 3) e. “In the years that followed the publication of his first book, Orwell taught school, worked in a bookshop, and continued to write.” (paragraph 5) Question 2 Based on this biographical information, what kind of person was Orwell, and on what topics will he write? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. Key Questions What were two important influences in Orwell's intellectual development? What happened to Orwell at Eaton? Why? What was Orwell's occupation while living in India? What is the moral of Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant"? After returning to England in 1927, where did Orwell travel? What odd jobs did he do? Because of his own ill treatment and personal poverty, what did Orwell always seek to point out? What can you predict might be some themes in his writing? 8th Grade English Unit 4: Animal Farm — Lesson 1 of 25 Except as otherwise noted, © 2015 - 2018 Match Education, and licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Page 1
Notes For homework consider having students read the section of the reader called "Introduction" and find the definition of "socialism" for homework. This will cut down on the amount of reading in class on day two. Match Fishtank 8th Grade English Unit 4: Animal Farm — Lesson 1 of 25 Except as otherwise noted, © 2015 - 2018 Match Education, and licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Page 2
Objective Define communism and caitalism based on the article. Explain how Marx believes communism will solve the problems of capitalism.