Intrigued by the history and enticed by the opening pages, pre-AP classes are off to a great start with Animal Farm this week. Many students left class on Friday saying they were looking forward to reading more, and might even finish the book this weekend!
Those who do finish Orwell’s novel before May 5 may want to explore further resources:
This Brain Pickings article highlights the incredible Animal Farm illustrations of Ralph Steadman as well as key quotes from author George Orwell.
The History Channel website has short, interesting biographies of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin with several related video links. A YouTube search will yield many videos about Nicholas II or any other figure of Russian history you’d like to learn more about.
Students in second and third period enjoyed the first chapters of Freak the Mighty so much they didn’t want to stop reading on Friday. The popularity of the book is due in part to the wonderful voice of Max, our teenage narrator. We’ll follow the story of Max and Kevin’s improbable friendship this week and talk about the important lessons these two boys learn from each other.
Students interested in more Kevin and Max might be interested to know there was a movie made of the book. Author Rodman Philbrick talks about that and other aspects of his popular novel on his official website. If you love Freak the Mighty, consider reading its sequel, Max the Mighty.