All Animals Are Created Equal

Standards

RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
RL.9-10.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9—10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.<br/><br/>By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9—10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Activator

Animal Farm Background

Learning Target

Scholars will begin Animal Farm and write a short reaction to the first three chapters.

Work Session

Today we’re starting out with a video on the background of Animal Farm, as a review for those of you who were taking notes yesterday, and as a first time for those of you who were absent or sleeping. Afterwards, we’re going to dive into the novel and start reading about Snowball, Squealer, Napoleon, Boxer, Old Major, and all the rest! Our goal is the first three chapters today, which, just for today, I will be reading aloud. The whole novel is only ten chapters, so we should be able to get through it very quickly.

If you’re reading from home or ISS, here is the full story:

After we finish those chapters, and discuss them, I want you guys to write a short paragraph anticipating what will happen next. At this point in the story, the animals have rebelled and are starting to put their principles of Animalism to full effect. In your paragraph, I want you to make sure you make predictive answers to the following questions:

Closing Session

Ticket Out The Door:
1. Why do the pigs get the milk and apples?

2. What happened to the puppies that were born right after the revolution started?

3. Do you think the farmhouse will be forever preserved as a museum, and if not, what will become of it?

Assessment

Paragraphs and TOTDs will be graded

Differentiation

Reading strategy differentiation – independent, partner, and audio

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