ANIMAL FARM READING JOURNAL TOPICS
NOTE: All entries must have page number references. Direct quotes are not necessary, but
detailed analysis is REQUIRED for each entry. Detailed analysis means 3-4 sentences,
1. The characters. This can be a physical description, their actions, things they say, even their
2. The setting:
- the farm, in general
- special places on the farm
- the world historically
3. The plot. List the key events.
4. The language. List vocabulary words that are new to you, define them, explain your
5. The themes and motifs to look for:
- (Theme) The Corruption of Socialist Ideals
- (Theme) The Danger of a Naïve Working Class
- (Theme) The Abuse of Language as Instrumental to the Abuse of Power
- (Theme) The Societal Tendency toward Class Stratification
- (Motif) Songs
- (Motif) State Ritual
6. How does the writer convey his themes?
-unusual things, scenes, images
-changes, i.e. discoveries, insights, etc.
- key conflicts
-the ending, how is it appropriate?
-other literary devices, such as irony, symbols, the title, character names, point of view,
figurative language, style, etc.
7. Your evaluation of the novel. Why do you like/dislike it?
You will have at least one page written in your journal for every chapter that you have read
in the novel.
All entries must be typed, single spaced with MLA heading.
A paper copy must be submitted to Mrs. Schmidt.
Electronic copies must be submitted to www.turnitin.com by due date or no credit will be
given for the assignment.
No LATE logs will be accepted.