Animal Farm Characterization Worksheet

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					                                             Study Guide
                                       Animal Farm
                                        with Connections

    To the Pa rent:

    We strongly recommend that you read all literary works before assigning them
    to determine whether or not they are appropriate for your students. If you are
    teaching two or more students who are close in age, have them read Animal
    Farm at the same time so that they may discuss the book and work
    cooperatively. Also, consider collaborating with other homeschool families for
    group activities and projects. Below are some suggestions for familiarizing
    yourself with Animal Farm, its author, and its context:

    • Read T he N ovel at a Glance, pp. 12-13: a brief overview of the entire
      novel.
    • Read P lot Synopsis and Lite rary El ements, pp. 15-27: brief synopses of
      the plot and an overview of the novel’s themes, characters, and other
      important elements for each section of the novel.
    • Read A bout the Write r, pp. 6-7: biographical information about the author
      and his works.
    • Read A bout the Novel , pp. 8-11: historical and literary context of the
      novel, along with critical responses.
    • Read U sing This Study Guide and R eaching All Students, pp. 3-4:
      ideas for making the reading more accessible to students of different levels,
      interests, and learning styles.
    • Read Reader’s Log: Model, Reader’s Log: Starters, Double Entry
      Journal: Models, and Group Discussion Log, pp. 28-31: suggestions for
      reading actively, discussing the novel, and responding to it in writing.
    • Read A ssessment Options, p. 5: suggestions for various types of
      assessment that are appropriate for this novel.




                                              Pacing Guide
        Week    1   Introduction and Chapters 1-4
        Week    2   Chapters 5-7
        Week    3   Chapters 8-10
        Week    4   Assessment, Extensions, Projects, and Literary Connections




Lesson Plans for Study Guide – Animal Farm                                       1
      C = Core Instruction     E = Enrichment Activities   O = Optional Extensions and Connections

       Introducing students to the novel: Motivating activities
       Select one or more activities from I nt ro du cing the No ve l, p. 14. These activities
       activate students’ background knowledge and help them connect with the story’s
  C
       themes. You may want to coordinate with other homeschoolers for the group
       activity.
       Chapters 1 – 4
  C    Have students read Chapters 1-4 of An imal Farm.
  C    Remind students to refer to the G los sar y an d Vo ca b ula r y on p. 32 as needed.
       Use R ead ing C he ck , p. 34, to verify basic comprehension of the story. The
  C
       Answer Key is on p. 66.
       The questions in M a kin g Mea nin gs , p. 34, move students from their immediate
  C    personal response to higher-level critical thinking about the novel and its themes. A
       targeted W r it in g Opp o rtu nit y is also provided. The Answer Key is on p. 66-67.
       No vel No tes , Issue 1, p. 36, expands upon the topics and themes of this section
  E
       of the novel and includes a writing suggestion for a R ea de r’s L og.
  E    Select one or more activities from C h oices: B uild in g Y ou r P or tfolio, p. 37.
       Have students use the N ov el Re view , pp. 46-47, to keep track of the characters
  O
       and events of the entire novel.
       The Rea din g St rate g ies Wo rks heet , p. 35, focuses on the characterization of
  O
       the three pigs in Chapters 1-4. The Answer Key is on p. 67.
       Chapters 5 – 7
  C    Have students read Chapters 5-7 of An imal Farm.
       Remind students to refer to the G los sar y an d Vo ca b ula r y on pp. 32-33 as
  C
       needed.
       Use R ead ing C he ck , p. 38, to verify basic comprehension of the story. The
  C
       Answer Key is on p. 67.
       The questions in M a kin g Mea nin gs , p. 38, move students from their immediate
  C    personal response to higher-level critical thinking about the novel and its themes. A
       targeted W r it in g Opp o rtu nit y is also provided. The Answer Key is on pp. 67-68.
       No vel No tes , Issue 2, p. 40, expands upon the topics and themes of this section
  E
       of the novel and includes a writing suggestion for a R ea de r’s L og.
  E    Select one or more activities from C h oices: B uild in g Y ou r P or tfolio, p. 17.
       Have students update the N o ve l R ev ie w, pp. 46-47, with information gleaned
  O
       from Chapters 5-7.
       The R ea din g S trat eg ies Wo rks hee t, p. 39, has students analyze conflicts from
  O
       Chapters 5-7 for cause, type, and outcome. The Answer Key is on pp. 68-69.




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       Chapters 8 – 10
  C    Have students read Chapters 8-10 of Anima l Farm .
  C    Remind students to refer to the G los sar y an d Vo ca b ula r y on p. 33 as needed.
       Use R ead ing C he ck , p. 42, to verify basic comprehension of the story. The
  C
       Answer Key is on p. 69.
       The questions in M a kin g Mea nin gs , p. 42, move students from their immediate
  C    personal response to higher-level critical thinking about the novel and its themes. A
       targeted W r it in g Opp o rtu nit y is also provided. The Answer Key is on pp. 69-70.
       No vel No tes , Issue 3, p. 44, expands upon the topics and themes of this section
  E
       of the novel and includes a writing suggestion for a Rea der ’s L og .
  E    Select one or more activities from C h oices: B uild in g Y ou r P or tfolio, p. 45.
       Have students update the N o ve l R ev ie w, pp. 46-47, with information gleaned
  O
       from Chapters 8-10.
       Read ing St rate g ies Wor ks heet , p. 43, focuses on summarizing events from
  O
       Chapters 8-10. The Answer Key is on pp. 70-71.
       The Vo ca bu la r y Wor kshe et , p. 51-52, provides practice with targeted
  O
       vocabulary words from the novel. The Answer Key is on p. 71-72.
       Assessment
       Test Part I, p. 61, contains objective matching and true/false questions. T e st Part
  C    2, pp. 62-63, includes ten short-answer questions. T est Part 3, p. 64, asks
       students to choose two of six essay topics. The Answer Key is on pp. 75-77.
       Include the C h o ices: B u ild in g Yo u r P or tfolio activities you selected as part of
  E
       your assessment of your students’ skills and progress.
       Extensions, Projects, and Literary Connections
       The N o ve l P r oje cts activities on p. 53 provide critical and creative writing
       suggestions for students. Activity suggestions on p. 54 draw cross-curricular
  O
       connections between the book and disciplines such as music, social studies, history,
       psychology, and art. Multimedia and Internet activity suggestions are on p. 55.
       Lit era r y E le men ts Wor ksh eets , pp. 48-50, guide students in analyzing the story
  O    as a fable, as well as the use of foreshadowing and irony. The Answer Key is on p.
       71.
       The E xp lo rin g t he Co nn ect ions worksheets, pp. 58-60, provide a set of M ak in g
       Mea nin gs questions, a C on ne ct in g wit h t h e No ve l activity, and a R ead in g
  O    Che ck for each of the C on ne ct io ns readings. Critical thinking activities encourage
       students to relate other reading selections to the themes and topics of the novel.
       The Answer Key is on pp. 72-75.




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