Animal Farm (75th Anniversary Edition)
This classic political satire by George Orwell attaches the idea of totalitarian government using farm animals as characters. The animals try to run the farm on their own and create a paradise of progress and equality, but certain animals (namely the pigs) begin to take control and take away freedoms. With great parallels to many governments, this book is a must-read. A few complete and unabridged editions are available. The Signet Classic Edition has a preface by Russell Baker and is 144 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel
Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message.
Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.
More rigorous than typical high school literature study guides, Prestwick House AP Literature Teaching Units are designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam. After a chapter-by-chapter book study, students respond to both multiple-choice questions and short answer or essay prompts that are comparable to those students will find on the AP exam. Throughout the study, there is more emphasis on discussion along with character, cultural, political, and literary analysis. Close reading that requires support of all assertions and interpretations with textual evidence is featured in the chapter studies as well as the essay and discussion questions for the entire book. The answers and talking points provided for the teacher strengthen the learning experience for students as part of the evaluation process. The loose-leaf teaching courses are hole punched and include a three-ring binder. Teacher information includes objectives, extensive background information on the book and author, and answers for all student worksheet questions. The student worksheets are also included and are reproducible for one class/family.
We are now offering AP literature packages for customer convenience. The package includes the AP Literature Teaching Unit and the corresponding literature book. These literature guides offer a more rigorous literature option, offering the student an opportunity to prepare for the AP or Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam by the College Board. ~ Janice/Judy
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