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Anthem coverThis novelette depicts a world of the future, a society so collectivized that even the word “I” has vanished from the language. Anthem’s theme is: the meaning and glory of man’s ego.


 

Lesson Plans and Teacher’s Guides


 

Q&A with Ayn Rand on Anthem

Read Ayn Rand’s answers to questions about Anthem


 

Teacher Submitted Lesson Plans

Analyzing Government and Political Systems (PDF)

Submitted by Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher

The “In” Group (PDF)

Submitted by Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher

Equality Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF)

Submitted by Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher

Analyzing “2112” by Rush and Ayn Rand’s Anthem (PDF)

Submitted by Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher

Who Are You?

Submitted by Andrew Engwall, Willow Canyon High School, Surprise, AZ

The Themes of Anthem and the Literary Quests Required for Discovery

Submitted by Maureen Murphy, Portage Central High School, Portage, MI

Anthem: An Intellectual Discussion and Presentation of Thoughts

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Submitted by Cornelia Moore, Hesperia High School, Hesperia, CA

 


 

Discussion Questions on Anthem

  1. In a world that places the good of society above all else, why is a man with a revolutionary invention that would benefit everyone forced to run for his life?
  2. Why is the hero willing to risk being burned at the stake in order to discover the meaning of the unspeakable word “I”?
  3. As fires ravaged the cities of the world at the close of the Unmentionable Times, what crucial values did men lose? What was gained or lost at the Dawn of the Great Rebirth of society?
  4. What does Equality 7-2521 discover in the Uncharted Forest that removes his original dread of the place?
  5. Compare the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden with the story of Equality 7-2521. For what “sins” were each condemned? In what ways are Equality 7-2521 and Adam simi­lar? How do they differ?
  6. Anthem is set in a totalitarian future. But unlike the societies depicted in Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, Anthem presents a future in which candles and glazed windows are the latest advances. What point about technology was Ayn Rand making by portraying such a primitive future, and how do the events of the story establish that point?
  7. For each of the following quotations, explain its role in the story and its wider significance:
  8. For each of the following quotations, explain its role in the story and its wider significance:
    1. “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think.”
    2. “I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning.”
    3. “I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them.”

 

Activities

Anthem Word Puzzle (PDF)

Submitted by Brenda Gardner, Clark Junior High School, Princeton, TX

Anthem Word Search (PDF)

Submitted by Brenda Gardner, Clark Junior High School, Princeton, TX

Anthem Crossword Puzzle (PDF)

Submitted by Brenda Gardner, Clark Junior High School, Princeton, TX

Anthem Synonym Exercise (PDF)

Submitted by Brenda Gardner, Clark Junior High School, Princeton, TX

Anthem and Greek Mythology (PDF)

Submitted by Brenda Gardner, Clark Junior High School, Princeton, TX

Anthem Class Blog

Submitted by Jennifer Deatherage, Bayside High School, Palm Bay, FL

Three Creative Writing Activities

Submitted by Kate Brown, Chiddix Junior High, Normal, IL

You-niquely YOU Poem (PDF)

Submitted by Miki Clark-Boak, Lawrence County CTC, New Castle, PA

Setting Up Your Class in the Form of an Anthem Society

Submitted by Steve Zingsheim, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI