Week One and Week Two Animal Farm Assignments –
Start a World Lit Journal. I suggest something spiral bound or a binder with sections, but it needs to be something that you can easily take notes into while reading.
- Your first section will be for Literary Terms. Write definitions for the following literary terms in this section of your journal: allegory, fable, satire, motif, irony, symbolism
Copy the following definition into your journal:
“Roman à clef (French pronunciation: [ʁɔmɑ̃ a kle], Anglicized as /roʊˌmɒnəˈkleɪ/), French for novel with a key, is a novel about real life, overlaid with a façade of fiction. The fictitious names in the novel represent real people, and the “key” is the relationship between the nonfiction and the fiction.Jul 13, 2016
Keep these terms in mind while reading Animal Farm.
- Section 2 of your journal will be for your notes on Animal Farm. I have ordered your book already and will get it to you when it comes in.
Before beginning Animal Farm, please see Animal Farm Historical Context page and read recommended resources. The historical context is the “key” to this Roman a clef—this allegory.
- When you get your book, read the preface. You do not have to read the Introduction section.
- I am not giving you reading questions this time, but I will be checking your journal weekly, so take notes as you read. Break your notes up by chapter. Leave room at the end of each chapter for things you learn in class that go with each chapter. I find using sticky notes with page #’s and brief reference note helpful. But if you use this method, be sure to go back and jot your notes in your journal. *Be sure to record significant quotes and page numbers, especially as they relate to various characters.
Week One Journal Notes for Ch. 1-3 Due First Class (about 33 pages to read)
Week Two Journal Notes for Ch. 4-6 Due Second Class (about 34 pages to read)
Think about why Orwell may have chosen the animals he did to characterize the different players in the Russian Revolution and Communist movement. Ask a lot of questions as you read and jot your questions down and highlight them so we can discuss them in class.
- Character Symbolism – See Animal Farm Historical Background Online Resources for help.
- Due Week Three: Complete as much of the “Animal Farm Historical Connections Worksheet” as you can. This is kind of fun, because Animal Farm is written like a code to the reader. You have to do some work to figure out what Orwell is really saying.
- Make a section in your journal titled, “Spiritual Insights relating to Animal Farm”
- Begin finding Scriptures that relate to concepts in the book. (Topics could include what the Bible says about the value of work, why it is wrong to steal, lie, cheat, murder, about leadership, about government, about how to treat other people, about standing for what is right, trusting in God rather than government etc.) Pray, look up verses that come to mind or words in a concordance that relate. Write references and the gist of the verse. If you need ideas, talk with your parents or e-mail me. (At least 4 references by Week One Class)
- Read the account of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. Think about the question: Are there parallels between the pursuit of communism and what happened at the Tower of Babel? Write your thoughts down. Place this in your spiritual insights section. (Due in Second Class)
- Due Week One Write this verse down and memorize it. Psalm 118:9 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
- Due Week Three: If you have time, begin the Stalin by Hoobler and Stalin: Man of Steel and start Stalin Packet.