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Welcome! Please:

  • Pick up a handout and a colored slip of paper
  • Circle up with people who have the same color
  • Get ready to FARM!

Connecting the Core: Creating an Environment of Collaboration

  • An integrated approach to thinking and learning in a seminar cycle of reading, writing, listening, and speaking to engage students in close-reading, active discussion, and an environment of collaboration for deep and practical learning
  • "...seminars are a provocative formative assessment practice which places the responsibility for learning and advancing scholarship with the students.  The experience invites engagement and affords a voice to all...while allowing the teacher to monitor and more accurately assess the quality of the contributions and participation.“ -Todd Beach

The Three Columns of Instruction

1)  The Acquisition of Instruction2) Development of Intellectual Skills3) Increased Understanding of Ideas and Values 

- The National Padeia Center, 2013


Typical Collaboration/Conversation Types Within a Unit

I.  Hands-on Connection & Application (building activity and large-group reflection/discussion)

II. Literature Connection & Application (Chapter VI close-reading and small-group/large-group discussion)

III. Big Idea Seminar (Guiding Questions)

IV. Primary Source Connection & Application (Stalin’s “Industrialization of a Country” large-group discussion)

V.   Modern Source Connection & Application ( “Viva la Vida” close-reading and large-group discussion


Essential Questions:- Who has the power to make changes in a society? - How do people make those changes happen? - What is the most effective method for change?


I.  Hands-on Connection & Application(building activity and large-group reflection/discussion)

Windmill Simulation: Spaghetti Tower

Objective: To construct a tower as high as possible using spaghetti and marshmallows using the materials provided.

Time: 15 minutes

Remember: Only the materials provided may be used, but they may be manipulated in any way


As a team, discuss:

  • What worked as you build your windmill?
  • What didn’t work?
  • What connections can you make between your farm/windmill and what happened when the animals began to build their windmill?

II. Literature Connection & Application(Chapter VI close-reading and small-group/large-group discussion)

During the Stalinist period the Communist State repeatedly set industrial and agricultural production goals that were often difficult or impossible to reach. These goals played a major role in the government’s Five Year Plan and similar plans. As you read:- think about how these plans are represented in Chapter VI- note any similarities or differences you see between what is happening on the farm and what happened during the building activity


With your group, discuss the following:

1)The animals are asked to “voluntarily” work on the windmill on Sundays. Why is it not really voluntary?

2)What special difficulties did the windmill present?

3) What changes are being made on Animal Farm? How are the animals reacting? What is your reaction?


III. Big Idea Seminar(Guiding Questions)

1)When a ruler or government is oppressive, is revolution a good solution?

2)Once an oppressive ruler or government is overthrown, how do we ensure that another oppressive ruler or government won’t gain power?

3)Can true equality ever be obtained?

4)Once someone or some organization is in charge of ensuring that there is true equality, isn’t that person or organization putting itself in a position of power?

5)Why is it so easy to sway people’s views and influence their minds?