This trimester we read a book called Animal Farm by George Orwell. This book summarized the Russian Revolution by using animals instead of real people. The book began with a farm full of animals that were being taken advantage of by Mr. Jones. The animals decide to rebel against him and end up with a farm run by two main pigs; Snowball and Napoleon. They come up with The Seven Commandments and the pigs start to disagree on how to lead. Eventually, Napoleon ends up taking over the farm. The other animals realize that the pigs have become just like Mr. Jones in that they want what's best for them not what's best for the farm. The Seven Commandments turn into just one… “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others” (134).
While we read the book we created plot points (bulleted lists of main events), completed vocab assignments, and worked on reading check-ins.
This book has many symbols but the one that stood out to seventh graders the most was the symbolism of the windmill. The windmill was originally built to create power for the barn but kept being destroyed. A storm blew it over first and then it was Fredrick and his men with explosives. Eventually, when it was finally built, it wasn't used for its intended purpose. We think this represents hope because every time they start to build it up it gets knocked down.
Finally, when the hope stands it is used for the benefit of the pigs not the benefit of the farm!