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Animal Farm

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Animal Farm


A Research Pathfinder about the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell

Research Scenario

You will soon begin reading the novel Animal Farm in Language Arts class. The novel is an allegory which can be read as an entertaining story about animals or, on a deeper level, as a criticism of the misuse of political power. British author George Orwell wrote Animal Farm at the end of World War II to make a political statement criticizing certain social and political systems, particularly those of the former Soviet Union, a country formed as a result of the Russian Revolution. You will need to develop your background knowledge about some social and political systems, historical events, and world leaders in order to understand the underlying meaning of Orwell's story.


Task and Product

You will research one of the topics from your Assignment Sheet by gathering information and media (images, video, sound) from a variety of print and online resources. You will take notes and cite your information and media sources in a properly-formatted bibliography. Then, you will use a digital tool called GlogsterEDU to create an interactive multimedia poster (a Glog) in order to share information about your topic with your classmates. Here are a few examples of Glogs about historical figures or events:
Lucretia Mott
Pearl HarborHistory of ThanksgivingBattle of Fort Wagner

Gather and Sort

Go to the Resource Page to access a variety of print and digital resources.

  • Use keywords from your topic description on the Assignment Sheet to guide your information search and note-taking. You may print out extra Cornell Notes sheets if you need them.
  • Remember to cite your sources as you take notes; follow the directions on the Bibliography Guide.
  • If you see media that you could include on your Glog-- pictures, video clips, sound clips-- add these websites to Favorites in Internet Explorer.

Evaluate and Revise/Edit


1. Self-Evaluate your own Glog:

  • Try this: Read all text aloud to make sure the writing "sounds right," you used the right words, put commas and periods in the right place, etc.
  • Use the Self column on the Scoring Checklistto evaluate each item.
  • Revise and edit as needed, then click Save and Publish and mark your Glog FINISHED, then click SAVE.

2. Peer-Evaluate some classmates' Glogs:

  • Go to edu.glogster.com and Login with your Nickname and Password.
  • Scroll down to New Glogs from Classmates and click on Show All.
  • Click on GLOGS about topics different from your own. Try to find Glogs with no comments posted underneath.
  • Enter comments in the COMMENTS box under the Glog, using the PQP peer review format:
    • Praise - Tell what you liked about the Glog and why.
    • Question - Ask a question about anything related to the topic which was unclear or not fully explained.
    • Polish - Make a suggestion for how the author might improve the Glog.



You will be graded according to the criteria on this scoring toolon your research information, bibliography, and Glog poster (information and multimedia design).


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