FOREDUCATORS

To expand awareness of Ayn Rand’s works and ideas in and outside of the classroom, we provide a variety of resources for high school and college students, teachers and professors.

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    • Anthem is Ayn Rand’s “hymn to man’s ego.” It is the story of one man’s rebellion against a totalitarian, collectivist society. Equality 7-2521 is a young man who yearns to understand “the Science of Things.” But he lives in a bleak, dystopian future where independent thought is a crime and where science and technology have regressed to primitive levels.

      All expressions of individualism have been suppressed in the world of Anthem; personal possessions are nonexistent, individual preferences are condemned as sinful and romantic love is forbidden. Obedience to the collective is so deeply ingrained that the very word “I” has been erased from the language.

      In pursuit of his quest for knowledge, Equality 7-2521 struggles to answer the questions that burn within him — questions that ultimately lead him to uncover the mystery behind his society’s downfall and to find the key to a future of freedom and progress.

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      Teacher-Submitted Syllabi and Activities

      Exploring Government and Political Systems
      Submitted by Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher

      The In Group
      Submitted by Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher

      Equality Tic-Tac-Toe
      Submitted by Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher

      Analyzing “2112” by Rush and Ayn Rand’s Anthem
      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 Word Puzzle
      Submitted by Brenda Gardener, Clark Junior High School, Princeton ,TX

      Anthem Word Search
      Submitted by Brenda Gardener, Clark Junior High School, Princeton ,TX

      Anthem Crossword Puzzle
      Submitted by Brenda Gardener, Clark Junior High School, Princeton ,TX

      Anthem Synonym Exercise
      Submitted by Brenda Gardener, Clark Junior High School, Princeton ,TX

      Anthem and Greek Mythology
      Submitted by Brenda Gardener, Clark Junior High School, Princeton ,TX

      You-Niquely YOU Poem
      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 Zinsheim, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI

      * NB: The Ayn Rand Institute has not reviewed for accuracy of content any of the materials submitted by teachers and does not necessarily endorse any of the content therein.

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    • ANTHEM ESSAY CONTEST FOR 9TH AND 10TH GRADERS

      Are you teaching Anthem this year? Why not encourage your students to enter the Ayn Rand Institute essay contest?

      ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year, across all our contests, we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000 in prize money.

      As a thank-you from ARI, teachers who submit at least five essays during the 2014 – 2015 school year will receive gifts. So if you are planning to require your students to enter one of our contests, or if you know that a number of your students will enter, we encourage you to collect their essays and send them to us as a package.

      Questions? Write to us at education@aynrand.org.


    • The setting is Soviet Russia, early 1920s. Kira Argounova, a university engineering student who wants a career building bridges, falls in love with Leo Kovalensky, son of a czarist hero. Both Kira and Leo yearn to shape their own future — but they are trapped in a communist state that claims the right to sacrifice individual lives for the sake of the collective.

      When Kira is kicked out of the university as an undesirable and Leo’s past makes him unemployable, life becomes a grim struggle for physical survival. Leo contracts tuberculosis but can’t get admitted to a state sanitarium, despite Kira’s best efforts. Desperate, she seeks help from Andrei Taganov, an ardent young communist whose love for Kira helps awaken him to the meaning of genuine personal values, not to be surrendered for others’ sake.

      What will happen as these three struggle to be living individuals in defiance of the power of the collectivist state?

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      Teacher-Submitted Syllabi and Activities

      NB: The Ayn Rand Institute has not reviewed for accuracy of content any of the materials submitted by teachers and does not necessarily endorse any of the content therein.

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    • In her first notes for The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand describes its purpose as “a defense of egoism in its real meaning . . . a new definition of egoism and its living example.” She later states its theme as “individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul; the psychological motivations and the basic premises that produce the character of an individualist or a collectivist.”

      The “living example” of egoism is Howard Roark, “an architect and innovator, who breaks with tradition, [and] recognizes no authority but that of his own independent judgment.” Roark’s individualism is contrasted with the spiritual collectivism of many of the other characters, who are variations on the theme of “second-handedness” — thinking, acting and living second-hand.

      Roark struggles to endure not merely professional rejection, but also the enmity of Ellsworth Toohey, beloved humanitarian and leading architectural critic; of Gail Wynand, powerful publisher; and of Dominique Francon, the beautiful columnist who loves him fervently yet is bent on destroying his career.

      The Fountainhead earned Rand a lasting reputation as one of history’s greatest champions of individualism.

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      Teacher-Submitted Syllabi and Activities

      Be the first to share your favorite lesson plan or activity for teaching The Fountainhead!

      NB: The Ayn Rand Institute has not reviewed for accuracy of content any of the materials submitted by teachers and does not necessarily endorse any of the content therein.

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    • The Fountainhead Essay Contest for 11th and 12th Graders

      Are you teaching The Fountainhead this year? Why not encourage your students to enter the Ayn Rand Institute essay contest?

      ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year, across all our contests, we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000 in prize money.

      As a thank-you from ARI, teachers who submit at least five essays during the 2014 – 2015 school year will receive gifts. So if you are planning to require your students to enter one of our contests, or if you know that a number of your students will enter, we encourage you to collect their essays and send them to us as a package.

      Questions? Write to us at education@aynrand.org.


    • The country’s top banker — a leading oil producer — a once-revered professor — an acclaimed composer — a distinguished judge. All vanish without explanation and without trace.

      A copper magnate becomes a worthless playboy. A philosopher-turned-pirate is rumored to roam the seas. The remnants of a brilliant invention are left as scrap in an abandoned factory.

      What is happening to the world? Why does it seem to be in a state of decay? Can it be saved — and how?

      Atlas Shrugged “is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder — and rebirth — of man’s spirit.”

      Follow along as industrialist Hank Rearden and railroad executive Dagny Taggart struggle to keep the country afloat and unravel the mysteries that confront them.

      Discover why, at every turn, they are met with public opposition and new government roadblocks, taxes and controls — and with the disappearance of the nation’s most competent men and women.

      Will Hank and Dagny succeed in saving the country — and will they discover the answer to the question “Who is John Galt?”

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      Teacher-Submitted Syllabi and Activities

      Which Atlas Shrugged Character Has the Strongest Mind?
      Submitted by Nancy Monroe, Bolton High School, Alexandria, LA

      Atlas Shrugged Unit
      Submitted by Tione Duncan, Spanish Springs High School, Sparks, NV

      NB: The Ayn Rand Institute has not reviewed for accuracy of content any of the materials submitted by teachers and does not necessarily endorse any of the content therein.

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    • Atlas Shrugged essay Contest for 12th Graders, College Undergraduates and Graduate Students


      Are you teaching Atlas Shrugged this year? Why not encourage your students to enter the Ayn Rand Institute essay contest?

      ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year, across all our contests, we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000 in prize money.

      As a thank-you from ARI, teachers who submit at least five essays during the 2014 – 2015 school year will receive gifts. So if you are planning to require your students to enter one of our contests, or if you know that a number of your students will enter, we encourage you to collect their essays and send them to us as a package.

      Questions? Write to us at education@aynrand.org.


Conferences we are attending
  • June 14 – 19, 2015 View Event Info

    The National Speech & Debate Tournament

    Dallas, TX
    Exhibition Hall Participant

  • July 18 – 20, 2015 View Event Info

    ILA (International Literacy Association) Annual Conference

    St. Louis, MO
    Exhibition Hall Participant

  • November 13 – 15, 2015 View Event Info

    NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) Annual Conference

    New Orleans, LA

    Exhibition Hall Participant

  • November 11 – 22, 2015 View Event Info

    NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Conference

    Minneapolis, MN

    Exhibition Hall Participant