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We received the Animal Farm Study Guide from Progeny Press for the purpose of this review, and I’m glad we did! This is a book I had never read, and after reading about it, given today’s political climate I was very interested in doing so.
Written by Michael S. Gilleland, This study guide takes us through the book Animal Farm quite well. It is really comprehensive! Within this study guide you will find the following:
- About the Study Guide Author
- Table of Contents
- A Note to the Instructor
- Synopses of the book Animal Farm
- About George Orwell, author of the book Animal Farm
- Background information
- Optional Pre-reading activities
- The Chapter Sections, within which you will find:
- Vocabulary activities: using a Thesaurus to choose synonyms and/or antonyms, using a dictionary to look up and define words, defining words based upon context, matching words and definitions, etc.
- Analogous Characters and Events, wherein we learned to figure out who, what , when and where the characters and places represented.
- General Questions, which are, or should be, easily answered. They will give you an idea of how the student is retaining information.
- Analysis in which the student is given more open ended questions.
- Dig Deeper questions are going to give the student the oportunity to think more critically about the feelings and behaviors of the various characters. In this section, you’ll also find scripture passages which the student will use to possibly see how there are things which apply to his or her own life.
- Optional Projects and Activties
- Optional Essays and Projects
- List of Additional Resources
There is an answer key in a separate download that you can use.
We chose to use the study guide orally, which works so much better here. My kids sometimes get a bit balky at having to do a lot of writing, but doing it orally allows for them to go further with their answers. They are more likely to pay attention, and to really think about what is being asked. They are more apt to go further in detail when discussing. They even connected how the author’s view of what was happening when he wrote this novel, seems to be happening right now, but in the United States of America. I would whole heartedly recommend both this study guide AND the book, which I purchased from Progeny Press.
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