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Why did communism develop in an unindustrialized Russia? What human rights were violated under Joseph Stalin? And, how did the Soviet Union become industrialized? These are the writing prompts your class will work to answer with complete sentences and supporting evidence. 
Introduce your class members to allegory and propaganda with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Readers examine the text as an allegory, consider the parallels to collective farms and the communist state, examine the characters' names, and reflect on forms of tyranny. The activities could be assigned to small groups, or used sequentially, as research projects.
French Revolution lessons can help students explore the political, social, and economic issues of the time.
Students use DNA to solve an identity mystery. In this biology lesson, students use the Internet to gather information about sex-linked disorders and complete a Punnett square for hemophilia, then examine a handwriting analysis, ear test, and facial comparison. Students will use this information to determine if Anna Anderson is Anastasia Romanov. Lesson includes extension activities.
Students define and identify an example of an allegory, read and analyze the allegory used in George Orwell's Animal Farm, and identify the use of allegory as a rhetorical device.
Ninth graders explore the French Revolution. In this French Revolution lesson, student research citizen action and public policy during the war. Students write essays regarding their research findings.
In this characterization worksheet, students identify 7 characters from George Orwell's Animal Farm as they expose each as a main or subordinate character, reveal the character's motivation and main conflict, and note how the character and his motivations have affected the plot.
In this allegory worksheet, students examine the subgenre of allegory as they read a brief description of it and complete a graphic organizer with their observations of the use of allegory in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Ninth graders examine the purposes and mandate system of the League of Nations. They watch a PowerPoint presentation on the mandate system and complete a fill-in-the-blank worksheet, and participate in a "pick your side" activity.
Students analyze the history and art in the Constructivism movement. For this art analysis lesson, students analyze and consider the material types in the art form. Students complete image based discussion. Students work in groups using varying materials to create a form that stands alone or can suspend. Students research and create a timeline for the Russian Revolution. Students also research the artwork of Russian women.
Students read facts about Imperial Japan from 1912 - 1922 and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 7 short answer questions.
Students read facts about the Qing Dynasty in China and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 4 short answer questions.
In this Russian Revolution activity, students answer 12 questions about some factors in Russia that helped lead to revolution. Students also identify 5 key terms regarding the Russian Revolution.
Ninth graders analyze the influence of various forms of citizen action on public policy during the period of the French Revolution. They compare a chart and participate in class to determine the different forms of action taken during this time period.
In this global studies worksheet, students read the noted 8 chapters in their textbooks and then respond to 34 short answer questions about the French Revolution and Imperialism.
If you want some help with teaching themes and symbols in Animal Farm, this may be beneficial. After a class discussion about possible themes, class members write a paragraph explaining which they believe is the most important. Next, small groups research important historical figures or terms associated with the Russian Revolution (list provided). They present their information on a poster and then take a quiz on what they've learned. Note:Quiz not included.
Students view a video on the Russian Revolution of 1917. In this revolution lesson plan, students research from the perspective of peasants or aristocracy and create a presentation promoting their side. Students refute each others arguments and participate in a discussion about the collapse of governments.
Students analyze the concept of allegories using George Orwell's Animal Farm. In this allegory lesson plan, students define and identify an allegory. Students read and analyze the allegory used in the novel answer questions to identify the allegories in the story.
Ninth graders research the causes and events of the Jewish holocaust during World War II. They view a video and PowerPoint presentation and take notes, participate in a class discussion about the term "genocide," and take a quiz.
In this Russian Revolution activity, students read about Tsarist Russia, Communism, the February Revolution, the October Revolution, and Russia's Civil War. Students answer 8 questions about the text.