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1 Name: Sophomore English, Ms. Doolittle Animal Farm Journal Rubric period: due date: Due Date (NOTE: unless otherwise stated on calendar, assignments are due at the beginning of class) Chapters All components completely done on time (10 points) Meets all format and content requirements (20 points) Chapter 1&2 Chapter 3&4 Chapter 5&6 Chapter 7&8 Chapter 9&10 Totals in each category / 50 professionalism points (cannot be earned back late) / 100 reading points My best journal entry was for Chapters &. (5 pts) This is my best journal entry because CONTENT: The student remembered to 5 Writes in complete sentences. 5 Restates the question(s) in your response. 10 Answers all questions completely and accurately to show comprehension and critical thought. 5 Uses quotes from the book as evidence (remembering quote marks around the quote, and putting page number citations in parentheses afterwards). 5 Gives the amount of evidence requested, plus one extra piece for each question. FORMAT: The student remembered to 1 Fills out and attaches this rubric. 2 - Does his/her entries on notebook paper or computer. 5 - Puts first name, last name, and class period on the paper. 4 - Gives the journal entry a centered title, with book title underlined only: Animal Farm journal: chapters 1 and Numbers responses. Animal Farm Entry Grade: / 50 reading points 1

2 Animal Farm Response Journal: Instructions/Prompts Content Guidelines: Write in complete sentences. Restate the question(s) in your response. Answer all questions completely and accurately to show comprehension and critical thought. Use quotes from the book as evidence (remembering quote marks around the quote, and put page number citations in parentheses afterwards). Give the amount of evidence requested, plus one spare piece of evidence for each question. Format Guidelines: Do your entries on notebook paper and/or computer. Put your first name, last name, and class period on each piece of notebook paper. Give each journal entry a centered title (with book title underlined only): Animal Farm journal: chapters 1 and 2. Number your responses. Chapters 1&2 Level One/Comprehension Questions: answer all three, supporting each with one piece of evidence. 1) In what ways do the animals in the novel act like humans? In what ways do they retain their identities as animals? 2) What is the central message in Old Major s speech in the barn? 3) According to Old Major s speech, under what principles should the farm operate? Level Two/Inferential Questions: answer two of the three. 1) What does Snowball mean when he says to Mollie, Those ribbons that you are devoted to are the badge of slavery? Support your answer with at least one piece of evidence from 2) What do you think happened to the milk that is missing at the end of Chapter Two? Support your inference with at least one piece of evidence from 3) Why do you think the other animals are so easily led by the pigs? Would you have been so willing to follow another leader after you had freed yourself of oppression? Explain your answer, using at least two examples from the book. The Pig Leaders Similarities and Differences: Venn Diagram A Venn Diagram helps us categorize similarities and differences. In the circles below, compare the two lead pigs, Snowball and Napoleon. (Check pg. 7 of your text for some good information!) Snowball Napoleon 2

3 Chapters 3&4 Don t forget to follow the content and formatting guidelines! (You can find them on page 2 of the packet.) Level One/Comprehension Questions: answer all seven, supporting each with one piece of evidence. 1) In what ways are the animals of Animal Farm building a new society? 2) Describe the flag that Snowball designs for the farm. What is the significance of the color of the flag and the symbols on it? 3) What clues show that Napoleon and Snowball are beginning to fight for power? Give one quote from the text as evidence. 4) What maxim (saying) does Snowball use to simplify the Seven Commandments? Why is this maxim a good way to control the other animals? 5) In what ways do the pigs set themselves up as the elite members of Animal Farm? 6) What part does Squealer play in the brainwashing of the animals? Give one quote from the text as evidence. 7) What awards do Snowball and Boxer get after the battle? How does each animal feel about his success? (Hint: does Boxer feel guilty about anything?) Level Two/Inferential Question: answer the one question, using one piece of evidence from the text to support your prediction. Charts may be completed in the packet itself. 8) Why do you think Napoleon decided to educate the young puppies in seclusion? What purpose might this isolation serve? Predict what the outcome of the puppies education might be. What will they grow up to be like? The Battles Similarities and Differences: Venn Diagram A Venn Diagram helps us categorize similarities and differences. In the circles below, compare the two battles from the novel, the Battle of the Cowshed and the Rebellion. How are the battles similar? Those traits should go in the overlapping section of the circles. How are the battles different? Those traits should be written where the circles are separate. Rebellion (Ch. 2) Battle of the Cowshed 3

4 Chapters 5 & 6 Don t forget to follow the content and formatting guidelines! (You can find them on page 2.) If you want, you can complete the chart in this packet. You may also work in groups on the chart. Level One/Comprehension Questions: answer all five using at least one piece of evidence from 1) Why does Mollie leave the farm? How do the other animals react to her leaving? 2) How does Napoleon overthrow Snowball? Describe it, using at least one quote from the book! 3) Because Boxer believes that Napoleon is always right, his personal motto becomes, I will work harder. What does this reveal about Boxer s character? 4) In what ways does Napoleon bend the rules and commandments of Animal Farm to benefit himself? Use at least one quote from the book! 5) How does Napoleon use Snowball as a scapegoat when the windmill is blown down? The Blame Game Chart Review: Go back and find animals/quotes to answer the following question (which will eventually be your final essay prompt question) Chapter 1 Person/Animal/ Animal Group Who is to blame for the problems of Animal Farm? Quote & page number How this creates problems

5 Chapters 7&8 Don t forget to follow the content and formatting guidelines! (You can find them on page 2.) Level One/Comprehension Questions: answer all five using at least one piece of evidence from 1) What techniques does Napoleon use to make it appear to the outside world that everything is going well at Animal Farm, even though the economy of the farm is about to collapse? 2) What happens to the hens when they threaten Napoleon s power? 3) How does Napoleon use the memory of the absent Snowball to keep the animals in line? 4) What evidence at the beginning of Chapter Eight points to the fact that Napoleon is systematically lying to the other animals? 5) What clues are there in Chapter Eight to suggest that Napoleon is becoming more and more like a human? Level Two/Inferential Questions: answer both questions using at least one piece of evidence from 6) Why does Clover sing Beasts of England after the rash of executions? What does this reveal about Clover s character? 7) What do you think will happen to the animals on the farm in the future? Think about all that has occurred so far. Consider what you know about political revolutions that have occurred in recent history. Based on clues from the story and your own knowledge, write a brief summary describing how the novel might end. Chapters 9&10 Don t forget to follow the content and formatting guidelines! (You can find them on page 2.) Level One/Comprehension Questions: answer all seven using at least one piece of evidence from 1) In what ways has Squealer become a master at explaining the shifts in Napoleon s policies? 2) What purpose does Napoleon cite as the reason for the weekly Spontaneous Demonstrations? What is their real purpose? 3) Why do the animals on the farm admire Boxer? What are the details of Boxer s downfall? 4) How has Napoleon become indistinguishable from Mr. Jones? Use a piece of evidence from Level Two/Inferential Questions: answer both questions using at least one piece of evidence from 5) Describe the scene at the end of the book when the transformation from pig to human is complete. What does this mean on a deeper level? (Hint: it s a metaphor. Orwell s not saying, Hey, look! Pigs can become people if they try hard enough. What is he REALLY saying?) 6) Elitism is leadership by a socially superior minority group. In what ways is elitism fostered among the pigs of Animal Farm? Do you think they are justified in the belief that they are superior animals? 5

6 The Blame Game Chart Continuation: Go back and finish your chart for the remaining chapters. This time, find 2 quotes from each chapter. Again, you may make a chart on a separate sheet of paper, or staple this chart to your packet of journal entries/evidence. You may work alone, in pairs, or in groups. Who is to blame for the failure of Animal Farm? Chapter 7 Person/Animal/ Animal Group Quote & page number How this contributes to failure

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