Anthem by Ayn Rand Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Did your students grasp key concepts in Ayn Rand's dystopian novel, 'Anthem?' This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key ideas and themes from the book. An activity gives students a chance to compare and contrast different societal philosophies.

Note - This lesson plan is designed for students who have read Anthem by Ayn Rand.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the plot of Anthem
  • analyze the themes found within the novel, particularly the idea of a dystopian society


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Key Vocabulary

  • Ayn Rand
  • Objectivism
  • Anthem
  • Collectivism
  • Dystopian Society


  • Paper copies of the text lesson Anthem by Ayn Rand: Book Summary
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Images from magazines and printed images
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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