Don't forget that wells had an infamous broadcast. I forget the radio broadcaster but they let wells read his book on air. People were tuning in honestly thinking mars is attacking...Shakespeare is the one author everyone has to do. I do remember doing Animal Farm by George Orwell:
There's also an animated film of it.
I also read War of the Worlds by H G Wells (I've still got the school copy I forgot to return):
There's also the musical version: