English 10: Introduction to Ayn Rand and Anthem

We took notes today in our notebooks concerning the background of our Russian author of our new book/unit, Anthem, Ayn Rand. We looked at her history, starting in Russia in 1905 and through the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 (Russia became the Soviet Union) before she fled to the US in 1926 from Joseph Stalin‘s reign of terror, and subsequently published Anthem, an allegory for the 25 years of tyrannical rule the Soviets experienced under Stalin, a decade later. We talked about the main ideas that will be present in our text concerning themes of: Individualism, Collectivism, Equality, Conformity and Objectivism/Egoism (the last being Rand’s most famous philosophy–the video we watched is linked). We used this power point and these notes on the board as conversation starters. We wrote this all down on a new page in our notebook along with these guiding questions to consider while we read.

We then began reading Ch. 1 of Anthem (full text is linked, and here’s the audio too) together and taking down annotations in our notebook. Here are the annotations we started for the first chapter along with what annotations are/can be.

Here’s a quick video of reminders about the basic types of governments should you be interested.

HOMEWORK: Read Chapters 1-4 and do 5-10 annotations per chapter in your notebook. These will be stamped in on Monday, and you will likely have a quiz.

Also, if you didn’t finish your 20-line “I am From” poem from yesterday, please do so over the weekend.


About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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