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Animal Farm Guiding Questions

Animal Farm 10th Grade Summer Reading Project

Due:  August 31, 2009

MAKE SURE YOU INDICATE WHICH PROJECT NUMBER YOU CHOSE!

 (Test grade for each class; for each day late, you will lose 10%)

Hand the project in to Mr. Stair in Room 335

 

1.  Create a map of Animal Farm.  Use the knowledge of your book and your imagination.  You must include a key, compass rose, symbols, and information bubbles of three to five sentences apiece explaining ten important events.  Also include the flag of Animal Farm.

 

2.  What comparisons can you make between the characters in Animal Farm and Adolf Hitler OR Joseph Stalin?  Explain.  Your paper needs to be two to four pages in length and you must cite four sources, of which no more than two may be from the internet.

 

3.  Research the Russian Revolution of 1917.  Write a paper exploring why Orwell wrote the book, Animal Farm, and compare the events on the farm and the events in the Russian Revolution.  Your paper needs to be two to four pages in length and you must cite four sources, of which no more than two may be from the internet.

 

4. Use Kohlberg’s Morality Model to complete a study of the motives and morality for each of the following animals:

*Napoleon                                            Mollie                                                     Clover

                                *Snowball                                             the chickens                                         the cat

                                *Squealer                                              the sheep                                              the rats

                                *Boxer                                                    the puppies                                          the pigeons

                                *Benjamin                                             Moses                                                    Mr. Jones

*You must write one paragraph for each of these characters.  You may write a one-sentence explanation for the others.  You must cite cite your sources (Kohlberg information: http://faculty.plts.edu/gpence/html/kohlberg.htm)

 

5.  Choose one of the following topics on communism:

       Conduct research on Karl Marx and his Communist Manifesto. (What is communism?  What are the negative and positive aspects of this political system?  How does it compare to capitalism?)  How does the book, Animal Farm, inform readers about communism (if at all)?

       Discuss how communism took control in countries such as the Soviet Union, Vietnam, Cuba, China, or North Korea (choose one country), comparing it to the events that occurred at Animal Farm.  Your paper needs to be two to four pages in length and you must cite four sources, of which no more than two may be from the Internet.

 

6.  Conduct research and show other attempts to build utopias upon the earth.  Why did they fail?  Could they have succeeded?  How?  Your paper needs to be two to four pages in length and you must cite four sources, of which no more than two may be from the Internet.

 

7.  Using animals, write a creative paper about a perfect society, or utopia, in an imaginary land.  How would it work?  Why?  Be creative.  The story must be three to five pages in length.

 

8.  Create your own project based on one of these projects.  Examples may be as varied as a Webpage describing the various types of government systems, a scene from a creatively written fable conducted for the class, or an original musical score written and performed as a satire of one of the terms or characters.  Relate the project to Animal Farm (the reader of your project should be able to tell that you read Animal Farm).  Cite all your sources. Choose one of the following topics:


Allegory

Animal cruelty

Cold War

Communism

Dictatorship

Fable

Joseph Stalin

Karl Marx

Kremlin

KGB

Vladimir Lenin

Leon Trotsky

Marxism

Napoleon

Nationalism

Propaganda

Russian Revolution

Satire

Socialism

Tsar Nicholas II


 

9.  Why did the animals continually modify the Seven Commandments?  Why did all the animals simply accept the modifications made by the pigs?  Explain and analyze each modification.   How do these changes affect the entire farm?  Your paper must be two to four pages in length.  You must cite your sources.

 

10.  What is the classic definition of a fable?  How is Animal Farm a fable?  How does it compare/contrast to other fables you have read?   Your paper must be two to four pages in length, and must include two to four sources, with no more than one from the internet.

 

ANIMAL FARM RUBRIC

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Focus on Topic (Content) There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information. Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general. Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information. The main idea is not clear. There is a seemingly random collection of information.
Support for Topic (Content) Relevant, telling, quality details give the reader important information that goes beyond the obvious or predictable. Supporting details and information are relevant, but one key issue or portion of the storyline is unsupported. Supporting details and information are relevant, but several key issues or portions of the storyline are unsupported. Supporting details and information are typically unclear or not related to the topic.
Grammar & Spelling (Conventions) Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Project number is indicated. Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.  Project number is indicated. Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.  Project number is indicated. Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.  Project number is not indicated.
Sources (Content) All sources used for quotes and facts are credible and cited correctly using MLA citation. All sources used for quotes and facts are credible and most are cited correctly using MLA Citation. Most sources used for quotes and facts are credible and cited correctly using MLA Citation. Many sources used for quotes and facts are less than credible (suspect) and/or are not cited correctly.
Project Is On Time Project is handed in on August 31, 2009 to Mr. Stair     Project is late