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by George Orwell

1936

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell.

In George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant,” the author discusses the pressure he feels, as a British police officer in Burma, to kill an elephant.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Morality and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What is good and how do we know?", "Why do people do bad things?", and "Why do people follow the crowd?"

Ways to support your child: