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Additional Discussion Questions:
      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)

Additional Assignments

Other Sections:
      Bridges To Reading
      Selected Awards & Cast

Go to the Learning Guide for this film.

Additional Discussion Questions:

Continued from the Learning Guide...

6.  Try to think of the psychological mechanism by which persons interested in power have the opportunity to subvert any revolution. Suggested Response: There is no one correct response, but a good response would cite the fact that true revolutionaries are at a disadvantage when dealing with some who uses revolutionary fervor as a route to power and is truely Machavielian.

7.  If your students know something about the history of the former Soviet Union, ask them to pick out which characters in the film represent Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, and the Tsar. Ask them to tell you which sets of animals are the secret police and the Communist Party.

8.  Why did the pigs change the motto "All animals are equal"? Suggested Response: They needed an explanation for the power and special privileges of the pigs.

9.  At the end of the movie, are the animals any better off than they were when Farmer Jones was in control of the farm? Suggested Response: An argument can be made that the animals are worse off. They word harder for less food. Only the pigs are better off.
See also TWM's Discussion Questions for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction and Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories or Plays.

Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions:


1.  This film demonstrates one of the risks of rebelling against your government and installing a new system. What is it? Suggested Response:XXXXX

Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions (Character Counts)
(TeachWithMovies.com is a Character Counts "Six Pillars Partner"
and  uses The Six Pillars of Character to organize ethical principles.)

Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.


(Be honest; Don't deceive, cheat or steal; Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal -- stand by your family, friends and country)

1.  Why did the pigs lie to the other animals? Suggested Response:XXXXX

Additional Assignments

Continued from the Learning Guide...

4.  Pick a country other than the Soviet Union which was dominated by the Soviet Union during the Cold War and describe some of the consequences of Soviet domination.

See also, Additional Assignments for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction and Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories or Plays.

Bridges to Reading:

Suggest to your child that they read Orwell's book, Animal Farm, 1945. It is short, easy to read, and has been recommended for children ages 13 - 15. Orwell's best work is Nineteen Eighty-four, a very dark vision of the future featuring "big brother" and many other menacing predictions that have threatened to come true in our own time. The book is suitable for good readers ages 15 and up. Unfortunately, the movie presentation of Nineteen Eighty-Four contains gratuitous violence.

Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

Selected Awards:  None.

Featured Actors:  Gordon Heath, Narrator.

Director:   John Halas and John Batchelor.


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These Supplemental Materials were written by Mary Red Clay and James Frieden and were last updated on August 14, 2012.

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