Chapter 10: Where did they go wrong?


  • RL.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

Learning Target: I will finish reading Animal Farm by annotating chapter 10, and then discuss the ultimate outcome of the book.

Opening Session: Animal Farm Chapter 10 Summary by Book Cheats – check out this guys eyes. What’s up with that?

Work Session: Welcome back! Today we’re going to be reading chapter 10! But don’t reach for those novels yet, because today we’re going to be doing something called annotating the text. I’ve copied the chapter for each of you, and you’re going to be writing all over it.

  • Circle vocabulary words (or any word you’re unsure of) and write the definition in the margins (you can google the definitions on your phone! just search “define _______”)
  • Underline anything you think is an important detail (or highlight if you have a highlighter)
  • Place a star by anything interesting and write notes in the margin.
  • If you are confused and have to stop and figure something out, write down what you figure out in the margins so you can refer to it later on.
  • You can work on another sheet of paper if you want (some people prefer this because then they don’t mark up their books! But I am like JK Rowling – I think once the book is yours, you should read it with all your heart. Crack the spine, make notes in the margins, destroy it because you read it so hard. That’s how you show a book you love it)

Ok, so after we read and annotate the text on our own, I’m going to call a few people up to the document cam. You’ll place your paper under the doc cam and show what you wrote down for one of your pages, and give the chance to copy some of your notes if they’re particularly insightful.


Closing Session: At the end of class today, we will have finished the book. I want to revisit how you felt at the beginning of the book versus how you feel now, and ask you this as your ticket out the door: Could you have predicted what happened to Animal Farm? Did you think it would end that way? Does it surprise you?

That’s it for today! Tomorrow we will read a short story about a very different tyrannical government. Until then!

Assessment: Annotations will be graded (participation/completion at this point)

Differentiation: Students may be given the audio version if needed, or read with a partner or in a small group.

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