Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Grade 8 students will begin reading George Orwell’s famous satirical novel, Animal Farm. We will study elements of a satire not only in the novel but in contemporary media, sometimes even analyzing satire in television series’ such as Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. By the end of the unit, students will understand how comedy and humor are used in satire to communicate larger ideas or criticisms about issues in society.


Grade 8-Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

We have just begun our unit on Romeo and Juliet and you should have finished reading Act 1, scene 1 for homework. Here’s the clip from the original 1968 film version. It’s a lot more exciting than just reading the stage directions “they fight”. Why do you think Shakespeare wanted to start off his play with a big fight?

Argument Inspiration

“By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient’s reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?” C.S. Lewis

“I am a master of logic and a powerfully convincing debater. In fact, against my better judgment, I can talk myself out of doing anything.” Jarod Kintz

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” Desmond Tutu

“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” Joseph Joubert

Here are some quotes from famous authors, thinkers, and debaters. Some are funny, some are serious, but all are true. Which one do you like the most and why?