Due Date: Monday, March 31 by the end of class.
Minimum Words: 500 of your own words, not counting quotations.
Note: Be sure you are using a lens and continually returning to the text in quotations. Feel free to refer to class discussions.
Helpful links: Sample Reader's Notebook from CIS Literature* | Critical Lens notecards | Reading Schedule | Reader's Notebook Instructions | Spark Notes and Penguin Guide | How to do in-text citations right | Historical context of George Orwell and Animal Farm
For this blog, try to move beyond just the reader response lens - just your reactions to the text. Instead, try to connect your reactions to something else, make observations and predictions, comparisons and contrasts, or use a different lens to shape your entry.
The most important thing to remember is that you should constantly refer to the text. Quote passages and paraphrase scenes.
Here are some questions or ideas you can look at to get started if you are stuck. These are not required questions and you can completely ignore them if you'd like:
- What are the conflicts in Animal Farm? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see in this story?
- How does George Orwell reveal character in Animal Farm?
- What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
- How effective is the novel as a fable?
- How is language used to establish and maintain social control?
- Discuss Boxer.
- Take a look at these Book Club questions if you're really stuck.
* The CIS Reader's Notebook is much more thorough and much longer than your notebook needs to be