Unit Overview Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings

1.Enduring Understandings

a. Absolute power leads to absolute corruption

b. Believe in equality for all

c. Corruption can occur when one has more power than another

d. Decision of the individual can be persuaded by propaganda and therefore, individuals must learn to think critically

2. Essential Question:

In what ways might allegories promote social change?

3. Historical Background

a. http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/leaders/joseph-stalin/

b. http://www.marxists.org/subject/stalinism/

c. https://www.msu.edu/~mageemal/iah201/stalinism.html

d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalinism

e. http://www.state.nj.us/education/holocaust/curriculum/StalinCurriculum.pdf

4. Satire

5. Common Themes

Violence and terror by those in power can lead to followers who will do as told.

6. Symbolism

7. Allusions

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