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English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.

5F Orwell’s Animal Farm

My dear students, you have already read the beautiful novel by George Orwell but if you want you can now read it for free here: ANIMAL FARM

As you can see I have prepared some material to share with you on the topic. You can download and study my worksheet on GEORGE ORWELL the plot of the novel, its main characters, its historical background and main themes & do te QUIZ to check how much you remember. Here below is my presentation to read.

The next is an interesting but easy video dealing with the connections between G.Orwell’s Animal Farm and Stalin’s Russia. Have a look & TAKE DOWN SOME NOTES.

The next video is the trailer of the cartoon by John Halas, Joy Batchelor.(1956)  Notice the year of its creation, it’s not a typo! You can watch it all on YouTube. We’ll watch some parts in class from my DVD.

There’s also a new movie version (1999) of the novel with real animals. Have a look!!

Hope this post has  helped you broaden your knowledge on the novel by having fun!

If you want at this site you can download all Orwell’s novels for free. http://www.george-orwell.org/    See you after Easter.

5F Orwell’s 1984

Hi everybody! If you want to integrate the extracts you have in your textbook you can read here some more chapters from the novel 1984

To see how much you know of the novel try doing the QUIZ on 1984 you’ll discover some new things you don’t know since you haven’t read the book.

Here’s the trailer of 1984, the movie from Orwell’s novel. Is this the future we want?

I’m also embedding the stunning, mind-blowing Apples’s commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh Computer to the world by explicitly referring to Orwell’s novel. It was shown & broadcasted during the Superbowl in 1984. Apple is always one step beyond the others! 😉


  1.  What do you think is the message of the advertisement?
  2. Is the ad effective also for those who don’t know the novel or does it need a certain amount of…education? LEAVE A COMMENT.

Last but not least for those who love the Eurythmics and Annie Lennox as much as I do, theirs is the soundtrack of the movie and the song SEXCRIME. Enjoy!


Can I take this for granted/With your eyes over me?/In this place/This wintery home/I know there’s always someone in/Sexcrime/Sexcrime

Nineteen eighty four/And so I face the wall/Turn my back against it all/How I wish I’d been unborn/Wish I was unliving here/Sexcrime/Sexcrime

Nineteen eighty four/I’ll pull the bricks down/One by one/Leave a big hole in the wall/Just where you are looking in.


Choose also one of these two topics for a 2/3 m. speech. (You can use images if you like)

  1. Have you seen the tv show Big Brother? did you ike it? What aspects of Orwell’s 1984 do you think are present in this programme?
  2. Do you think television is used to control the ideas & behaviour of the public? Think of how advertising in particular influences our society & give examples from your own experience.  (from Literary Landscapes, Black Cat)

I’m adding now an excerpt from the movie “Detachment  2011 American drama film about the high school education system directed by Tony Kaye,  the director of American History X. I think this scene is fantastic to show the importance of education & knowledge to avoid the dangers of a totalitarian society and regime like the one depicted by G.Orwell. It can also help you comment & reflect on the novel we’re reading in class and Apple’s advertisement. Enjoy