We are now in week two of our Animal Farm unit, and the kids are enjoying the themes surrounding this book. We spent a good deal of time learning about the allegory of the Russian Revolution to Orwell's novel. We even did a Capitalist/Socialist/Communist simulation where kids won and lost Starburst through rock, paper, scissors, so they could get a better understanding of the three different economic and political systems.
While reading the novel, students are exploring nonfiction articles that touch on some of the themes of this text. This week, we are reading an article about parents in Venezuela who are unhappy with the contents of their children's textbook, so they are speaking up and burning the books.
Your child should be reading Animal Farm and answering questions nightly. Please ask them to tell you about the book and review some of their comprehension questions and vocabulary with them. All work for the week is due on Friday!