In order for students to understand the underlying history in the novel, they need to research the history of Russia and learn about Communist rule, beginning with the October Revolution of 1917.
Split students into small groups of two-to-four students. Ask them to research the following topics to share with the class in a presentation of information:
*George Orwell's history and political views.
*Tsar Nicholas II and Russia in the early 1900s.
*Soviet Union history until 1945.
*Stalin, Trotsky, and Lenin.
*Communist ideas and rules.
*October Revolution of 1917.
Each group should research the topic to create a presentation. The presentation should have a visual aid and can be a Power Point presentation, depending on the availability of technology. Make sure that students include a bibliography or works cited page.