English Language Arts

REVOLUTION

Rodriguez/Smith / 2007/2008

A n i m a l Fa r m b y G e o r g e O r w e l l
Is Animal Farm merely a story about animals on a farm, or are there deeper meanings being expressed through the characters and events in the novel? As we read Animal Farm together, you completed a series of assignments that helped you to explore our Essential Questions and make sense of the meaning of George Orwell’s allegory. You have been making personal connections to the novel as well as analyzing the deeper meanings in the text. We have had excellent discussion and activities that allowed you to explore together the events in this novel and how they can help us to look at our own world and ourselves. Now, you will use all of these experiences to help you identify what has been most significant for you in this novel and craft an essay that explores George Orwell’s allegory through our Essential Questions. ASSIGNMENT: Write an essay that examines how the allegory and satire in George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm explores the ideas of revolution and the people who revolt. To do this, you will choose one of the following Essential Questions to explore in your paper. Allow it to be one that you have confidence in, and that you understand well for yourself: • • • • • Why do people revolt? What can be the consequences of a revolution? How can we create a just society through revolution? What actions are justified in revolution? How do we create lasting change?

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THIS ESSAY WILL BE DUE ON:

11/1 (L,N,P) 11/2 (M,O)

YOUR RESOURCES: Use all of the work you have explored in reading, writing, and discussion so far in relation to this novel: • Animal Farm by George Orwell • Your Dissecting Allegory Charts • Your Quote Journals • Your One Pager Papers • Your Class writings and reflections, notes, creations and discussions; ESSAY REQUIREMENTS: 1. Your essay is between 550 – 750 words long. 2. Your essay has a clear and organized introduction, body and conclusion. 3. Your essay has a clear thesis (Viewpoint) and 4-5 examples (Evidence) taken from the novel that support and defend your thesis.

English Language Arts

REVOLUTION

Rodriguez/Smith / 2007/2008

4. Your essay is: a. Typed in a 12-point font and is double-spaced b. Edited and spell-checked for grammar, spelling and punctuation. ESSAY FORMAT: Introduction (2 paragraphs) - Provide a general introduction to the novel, using questions or anecdotes to draw the reader in - Discuss what an allegory is and how this novel uses it to show revolution and the various aspects of revolution. - Provide a clear thesis statement about one Essential Question (Viewpoint) Point #1 (1-2 paragraphs) - Introduce and discuss the 1st event/situation from the novel that proves your thesis (Connections). - Use a quotation (Evidence) from the novel that supports this point of view. - Explain why this event is important (Relevance) to the overall message of the allegory Point #2 (1-2 paragraphs) - Introduce and discuss the 2nd event/situation from the novel that proves your thesis (Connections). - Use a quotation (Evidence) from the novel that supports this point of view. - Explain why this event is important (Relevance) to the overall message of the allegory Point #3 (1-2 paragraphs) - Introduce and discuss the 3rd event/situation from the novel that proves your thesis (Connections). - Use a quotation (Evidence) from the novel that supports this point of view. - Explain why this event is important (Relevance) to the overall message of the allegory Point #4 (1-2 paragraphs) - Introduce and discuss the 4th event/situation from the novel that proves your thesis (Connections). - Use a quotation (Evidence) from the novel that supports this point of view. - Explain why this event is important (Relevance) to the overall message of the allegory Conclusion (2 paragraphs) - Bring together all of the main points of the paper in an interesting way - Provide a strong closing message that is connected to the thesis of your paper by: o Looking at the relevance of the Essential Question to your own life

English Language Arts

REVOLUTION

Rodriguez/Smith / 2007/2008

and the world we live in. (Keep in mind what the deeper meaning expressed in the novel is.) o Respond to the question about how it might feel to live through a revolution, how you could go about creating lasting change, or what you feel is justified in revolution. Your points should relate to your essential question. What have you learned from this allegory? How might our world be different if we ‘listened’ to Orwell’s message? (Conjecture)

English Language Arts

REVOLUTION

Rodriguez/Smith / 2007/2008

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CHOOSE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS EQ 1: EQ 2: INTRODUCTION THESIS MAIN POINT #1 MAIN POINT #2 MAIN POINT #3 MAIN POINT #4 CONCLUSION DRAFT #1 FINAL DRAFT NOTES:

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