Animal Farm is an allegorical novel about the animals of Manor Farm that drive out the human farmers and assume control. As time progresses, the dynamic amongst the animals moves from unity and equality to tyranny.
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In “Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered,” this informational text provides insight into the historical rise of Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal tyrants in Soviet and world history, detailing the purges and other such tragedies of his bloody regime.
The Ten Commandments are a set of Biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, playing a central role in Christianity and Judaism.
The drive to conform to group norms is a powerful force in most people’s lives. This informational text about conformity helps explain why people tend to match their beliefs and behaviors to those around them.
“Herd Behavior” describes how individuals change when they are part of a crowd.
Francis Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) was the child of free African American parents. In her adult life, Harper helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad and wrote for abolitionist newspapers. In this poem, Harper describes what it was like to have been discouraged from learning how to read.
The Third Wave was an experimental social movement created by high school history teacher Ron Jones in 1967 to explain how the German populace could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during the Second World War. While he taught his students about Nazi Germany during his "Contemporary World History" class, Jones found it difficult to explain how the German people could accept the actions of the Nazis, and decided to create a social movement as a demonstration of the appeal of fascism. As the movement grew outside his class and began to number in the hundreds, Jones began to feel that the movement had spiraled out of control.
In “The Russian Revolution,” this informational text explores the causes of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which led to the complete upheaval of Russian government and society.