It's Easier Than You Think: Reading Animal Farm
In this course, we'll read the classic novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell, with a discussion-based approach designed to enlighten learners on the important themes and symbols--and through a sympathetic, character-driven lens.
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over 3 weeks
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In this relaxed, discussion-friendly course, learners will take a refreshing look at George Orwell's Animal Farm. Often overshadowed by Orwell's more complex 1984, Animal Farm is just as sharp in its satire and every bit as deep in its commentary. In It's Easier Than You Think: Reading Animal Farm, we'll break the novel into two parts, dissecting the themes and philosophy of Orwell's work. Our approach will go further than that, though: we'll also read the novel as a character-driven story...
This class is taught in English.
Students will read Animal Farm and gain deeper insight into its themes, symbols, and overall philosophy. Students will gain a deeper emotional connection to the novel and its characters in order to promote a love of reading.
I successfully taught many classic novels to reluctant learners in the past with this discussion-based approach. By taking away the sheer weight of reading a classic, learners can find their own emotional connections to the work--which will inevitably lead them to a deeper understanding of why it works so well. Using this approach in the past, I have successfully turned low-income students-at-risk into readers with a profound curiosity for digging deeper into the stories we think we know.
Between each class, students will be asked to read about half of this short novel independently. In addition, students will be asked to take notes on the chapters they've read, which they will turn in to the instructor; this way, students can demonstrate their understanding of the novel and write down questions to discuss in class.
A hard or digital copy of the novel and tools for note-taking.
Students will receive individual feedback on all of their homework, including notes. Success will also require students to participate in class discussions. Again, students will receive feedback on this rather than a formal letter grade.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Animal Farm does contain some dark themes and violence toward animals. This is never excessive or overwhelming, but it can be uncomfortable for some younger learners.
Copy of Animal Farm, either a hard copy or PDF version. Supplies or devices to take notes.
Noah WelshEmpowering Youth Through Writing, Film, and Other Arts
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Since I began youth development work, my goal has been simple: I hope to help youth find their voices and gain empowerment through various arts. Whether it's connecting old novels to modern youth realities or helping young writers expand their...