Animal Farm ~ Main and Subordinate Characters

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Write your response as a post on YOUR OWN BLOG! This is due Thursday!

 For each of the following characters (Snowball, Boxer, Benjamin, Old Major, Squealer, Mollie, and The Dogs), identify:

a. whether the character is main or subordinate

b. the character’s main motivation

c. the character’s main conflict

d. how this character and his motivations have affected the plot so far


Example: Napoleon

a. main

b. to become supreme ruler of Animal Farm

c. Snowball

d. Napoleon was not able to truly flourish as a leader with Snowball opposing his ideas. Since he has scared Snowball away, he is now free to do whatever he wants without opposition.


Additional Help:

Main Characters: characters around which the plot is centered; they are the most important factors in the advancement of the plot, and can be either good or evil.

Subordinate Characters: supporting characters; they do not necessarily need to be in the story for the plot to unfold

Motivation: forces which give the characters a reason to act the way they do, or make the decisions they make


Animal Farm ~ Assignment 1

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Respond to the following questions IN COMPLETE SENTENCES based on Chapter one of the novel, Animal Farm in the form of a comment below:


  • 1. What is the name of the farm?

  •  2.Who had a strange dream?

  •  3. Identify the following : 3 dogs, 2 cart-horses, goat, donkey, mare, raven.

  •  4. Describe the animals lives according to Old major (3 things)

  •  5. Who do the animals see as the enemy?

  •  6. In one word, what is Old Major’s message to the animals?

  •  7. Who were voted in as comrades?

  •  8. What song did the animals sing?

  •  9.What did the singing do?

  •  10. Who was the farmer?


Unit 7 Reflection

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Based on the presentations that you watched over the Unit 7 Speech Analysis project; respond to the following questions:


1. Sojourner Truth and Crystal Eastman wrote speeches over a similar topic. Explain how they were similar.

2. Malcom X believed that white people and black people should have the same equal rights but he did not believe that they should live together. He believed in seperate but equal. Do you agree or disagree with this concept?

3. Explain the different time periods and settings in which the two Abraham Lincoln speeches were presented.


Lord of the Flies HW

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Respond to the following question in the form of a comment. This needs to be AT LEAST one paragraph long. This will be checked on Friday March 30th.


Compare the two characters Jack and Roger. Which character do you think is more evil? Why do you think William Golding decided to put both boys in the story and make them so much the same? Explain using examples from the story to support your opinion.


Act 1, Scene 4

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At the end of scene 4, Anne’s voice says that Mr. Frank asked everyone “the first thing we wanted to do when we got out of here.” She then lists four responses, but there are eight main characters. She does not tell what the other four wanted. Write two sentences answering Mr. Frank’s question for EACH of the following: Mr. Van Daan, Mrs. Frank, Mr. Frank, and Margot. Write your response as a comment to this post.


Anne Frank ~ Act 1, Scene 3

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Post your answers to the following questions as a comment on this post.

After reading Act 1, Scene 3, answer questions 6-9, and 16 on pages 762-763. Use complete sentences.


Night Final Essay

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 Choose one of the following prompts. You are going to write a five paragraph essay addressing this prompt and post it on your blog. This will be due by Monday, January 23rd. Early turn in date for corrections: Thursday, January 19th.


1. Choose three of the locations that Elie was sent to after being deported from the Ghetto. Explain in detail what happened at each location.  What significant changes did Elie go through at each location? Did anything particularly important happen to him at this location? How did this location change his attitude, faith, or opinion of matters surrounding him? How did these locations shape his identity?


2. The Central Question, one of several important questions explored throughout the book, focuses on the ways memory, identity, and voice are linked. The question is reflected in the corpselike image the narrator sees in the mirror at the end of Night. Wiesel has spoken of that image:



                       One day as I was looking in a mirror, I didn’t recognize myself.…I then decided

                        that since everything changes—even the face in the mirror changes—someone

                        must speak about that change. Someone must speak about the former and that

                        someone is I. I shall not speak about all the other things but I should speak, at

                        least, about that face and that mirror and that change. That’s when I knew that I

                         was going to write.*

Explain what this quote means. How did Elie’s experiences shape his identity? Why do you think this prompted him to write this book? What was Elie doing for himself, his family, other Jews, Europe, and even the world through the writing of this book? (5 paragraphs)


3. Think about the idea that the opposite of good is not evil but indifference. Elie explores this through his book The Town Beyond the Wall when he states:


To be indifferent—for whatever reason—is to deny not only the

validity of existence, but also its beauty. Betray, and you are a man;

torture your neighbor, you’re still a man. Evil is human, weakness is

human; indifference is not.


Explain what Elie means by this quote? What experiences did he have in the novel that would prompt him to feel this way? Also explain what this quote means in relation to Europe at that time. How does this quote apply to our society today?


4. There are several instances of Jews killing Jews throughout the novel. Elie said the following quote when reflecting on this situation:


No one has the right to judge them, especially not those who did not

experience Auschwitz or Buchenwald. The sages of our Tradition

state point-blank: “Do not judge your fellow-man until you stand in

his place.” In other words, in the same situation, would I have acted

as he did? Sometimes doubt grips me. Suppose I had spent not

eleven months but eleven years in a concentration camp. Am I sure I

would have kept my hands clean? No, I am not, and no one can be.*


What does he mean by this quote? Use specific examples from the novel to support your answers. Why do you think that Elie can be so sympathetic to the cruel acts that other inmates committed on one another? How does Wiesel try to help us understand why it is so difficult to judge those who “tried to play the executioner’s game”?


5. The New England Holocaust Memorial contains a large black granite panel that bears a legendary quotation by Martin Niemoeller, a Lutheran minister:


THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,

and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.


and by that time no one was left to speak up.


Consider why these quotations might have been chosen to be put up at a Holocaust Memorial. How does each add to our understanding of Auschwitz and other death camps? Of why people allowed the Holocaust to happen? Of how we might keep such things from happening again? How would Elie interpret this saying? How does it go hand and hand with what he experienced throughout his novel?


Night ~ Blog Assignment 1

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Post your answer on YOUR BLOG!!!! This is due January 3rd. You have two weeks to complete this so no excuses!


Look up the name Elie Wiesel. Write a paragraph on your blog that answers the following questions about him:

  • Where/When was he born?
  • Who is he?
  • Why is he famous?
  • What are some important facts about his life?
  • Has he won any awards?
  • What is he doing now? Is he still alive?
  • What do you hope to learn more about him through reading his novel Night?


Robert Frost “The Telephone” Assignment

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Student 1 Example

These two people care about eachother-maybe husband and wife, or lovers-and a man is doing most of the talking, though I cannot prove this. He has walked as far as possible-that is, as far as possible and still get back in the same day- and he seemed to hear the other person call him. He claims to have spoke to him “from that flower on the window sill” and that is why I think that the second person is a woman. She is at home, near the window. Somehow I even imagine she was at the window near the kitchen sink, maybe working while he as out on this long walk. Then she speaks one line; she won’t say if she did or did not speak. She is very cautious or suspicious “first tell me what you think you heard”. Maybe she does not want to say something and then have her husband embarrass her by saying “No, that is not what I thought.” Or maybe she just does not feel like talking. Then he claims that he heard her speaking through a flower, as though the flower were a telephone. But at first he will not say that he supposidly heard, or “thought” he heard. Instead, he says that maybe it was someone else: “Someone saying ‘come’. Is he teasing her? Pretending that she may have a rival? Then she speaks-again just one line, saying “I may have thought as much, but not aloud.” She will not admit that she did think this thought. And then the man just says “Well, so I came”. Short and sweet. There is no more fancy talk about flowers as telephones. He somehow just got the message. He seems like a sweet, sensitive, and playful guy.


Student 2 example

As the poem goes on, we learn that the man wants to be with the woman, but it starts by telling us that he walked as far away from her as he could. He does not say why, but I think from the way the woman speaks later in the poem, they had a fight and he walked out. Then, when he stopped to rest, he thought he heard her voice. He really means that he was thinking of her and he was hoping she was thinking of him. So he returns, and he tells her he heard her calling him, but he pretends he heard her call him through a flower on their window sill. He cannot admit that he was thinking about her. This seems very realistic to me; when someone feels a bit ashamed, it is sometimes hard to admit that you were wrong, and you want the other person to tell you that things are OK anyhow. And judging from line 7, when he says “Dont say I didnt” it seems that she is going to interupt him by denying it. She is still angry, or maybe she does not want to make up too quickly. But he wants to pretend that she called him back. So when he says “do you remember what it was you said” she won’t admit that she was thinking of him, and she says, “First tell me what it was you thought you heard”. She is testing him a little. So he goes on, with the business about flowers as telephones, and he says someone called him. He understands that she is not ready to be pushed into forgiving him, so he backs off. Then she is willing to admit that she did think about him, but still does not quite admit it. She is too proud to say openly that she wants him back but does say “I may have thought as much”.


In a paragraph or two, evaluate these two entries recorded by students. Do you think the comments are weak, plausible, or convincing, and why do you think so? Can you offer additional supporting evidence, or counterevidence? Decide which student has a better explanation and why. Use specific examples in your response and it should be at least a paragraph long.


Blog Assignment 1

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Respond to the following prompt. Include your first name and last initial before your post. Your post should be a paragraph long and include textual evidence.

Louis Lowery uses several symbols throughout the novel The Giver. Choose two and explain their importance to the story. What are they? What deeper meaning to they represent? Why did she choose them as important parts of the story?

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