Animal Farm in Poetry


Learning Targets:

  • Communicate a clear purpose or theme in my poem; readers can understand and appreciate my poem.
  • Create an impact with my poem; readers can experience the desired reaction or emotional response to my poem.
  • Use language from the original sources effectively and creatively; I go beyond the obvious or predictable in my poem.
  • Create imagery by using vivid and strong words; my word choices are varied, powerful, and precise.
  • Enhance the meaning and impact of my poem with powerful visual elements, such as colors, illustrations, backgrounds, images, font choices, and so on.

To complete our study of Animal Farm

You will create a pair of found poems or a blackout poems. You may create two of the same types of poems or one of each. In your poetry, please express what you take away from Animal Farm and/or why these important messages, lessons, themes, ideas, or words of the wiser matter to us today. You will hand in hard copies of your poems, some of which will be chosen for display. To be clear: YOUR POEMS ARE ABOUT ANIMAL FARM — ABOUT WHAT YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE NOVEL AND WHY THOSE TAKE-AWAYS MATTER TO US TODAY. To the inevitable question of “how long do our poems have to be,” allow me to answer, “as long as it takes to hit the learning targets.”

The Challenge…

You will be given two random pages from Animal Farm. Those pages are what you have to work with. Remember, found poetry = words exactly as you find them on the page without additions or omissions; blackout poetry = choose whole words only; no more than three words in a row.

Click here for the assignment sheet.

Please make sure you’re following all instructions and hitting all learning targets.

You can find the rubric here.

This project is due for everyone in all sections on Wednesday 10/31.

Examples of black-out poetry:

Some ideas on take-aways to get you started:

Four legs good, two legs bad.


From the Animal Farm to the Brave New World…

In addition to reading Animal Farm, as we conclude our study of government and civics, we will each choose our own dystopian novel to read.

For this reading assignment, you must read a book that you have not read before. Rereading isn’t an option. If you choose to read a graphic novel, then you must read three. Yes, you read that right: three graphic novels. If you are a non-fiction reader, you can choose a book related to what you’ve been studying in American Studies History. If you have any question about whether or not a book qualifies for this assignment, please ask Doc.

As you read the novel, you’ll have several short writing and presenting assignments that ask you to briefly summarize the book without giving too much away; identify important themes in the book; make connections to what we’ve been working on in both American Studies History and English; make connections to current events; and draw conclusions about the book and those connections.

If you finish a book quickly, then I’d love to see you go above and beyond by reading more than one!


Filling in Gaps in Animal Farm


We will begin working on this in class on M 10/1 or T 10/2. You don’t need to do anything for this assignment before we begin discussing it in class.

Word Gaps and Literary Terms in Animal Farm