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Animal Farm Film Review
Worth 100 points

 

Prompt:  Chose either the live action version of Animal Farm (1999) or the cartoon version of the film (1954).  Compose a review of the film that includes your opinion of whether it was an accurate and effective adaptation of the novel.

Discussion of the prompt: Your essay should have the following components: 

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An introduction that includes some introductory information about some of the characteristics of good film vs. bad film.   Then, narrow your paragraph down to a thesis in which you identify which film version you are reviewing and whether you think it was a good adaptation of the novel or not.

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Summarize the novel:  Start this paragraph with: “Animal Farm by George Orwell is about ____________.” List the main characters and describe them.  Then go on to summarize the primary plot points of the novel for the reader.  Don’t necessarily give every detail of the novel, but give the biggest events that happen to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about – you are an expert, so prove it!

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Describe the film of your choice:  Start by stating which film you are describing.  Describe its overall “look,” the acting, the depiction of the action, the music, and any other elements you think make the film good or bad.  Does the film stand alone from the novel (would you understand the film as well without having read the novel first?)  Borger has information on her course website linked to the individual films: www.original-ink.net.

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OPTIONAL- for a higher grade, describe the second film: Start by stating which film you are describing.  Describe its overall “look,” the acting, the depiction of the action, the music, and any other elements you think make the film good or bad.  Does the film stand alone from the novel (would you understand the film as well without having read the novel first?) 

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Evaluate the film of your choice: In this paragraph, you will essentially conclude your essay by stating – with detail – the way the film adapts the novel: is it a good or poor adaptation?  Why?  What differences are there between the novel and the film? Did you feel the film did an adequate job of representing the novel?  Why or why not?  How do the changes affect your understanding of the novel?  Evaluate those changes? (if you choose to do the optional paragraph, include your assessment of the second film here as well).

 

Grading Criteria

 

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Attn. getter

Well worded, related to topic, appropriate

 

Related to topic, appropriate

 

Present, but not entirely related or appropriate

No AG present, inappropriate, not related

 

Intro.

Succinct summary, natural transition into thesis

 

Wordy summary, weak transition into thesis

 

Underdeveloped summary, no transition into thesis

 

Little to no summary present, no transition into thesis

Thesis

Well worded, precise, to the point

 

Present and states main points, some attempt made at wording

 

Declaration “I’m going to write about…,” points stated are not wholly discussed w/in paper

Weak, underdeveloped thesis statement

 

Body

Clear topic sentences at the beginning of paragraphs, logic order of ideas, no tangents, stays on topic, clear explanation of ideas

Topic sentences present, understandable arguments, attempt at organization, few tangents

Weak or unclear topic sentences, unclear or awkward arguments, tangents, unclear order of ideas

No topic sentences, no support or explanation of arguments, weak or no organization

Conclusion

Thorough and exceptionally well worded summary of main points, strong final statement for reader

Summary of main points, final statement reiterates thesis

 

Summary present, weakly worded, final statement repeats thesis

 

Weak summary or none present, no / weak final statement

 

Grammar

No spelling errors, MLA format (name), clear paragraphs, no awk. wdg. or R.O.’s, proper punct.

Few spelling or sentence errors, minor formatting errors

 

Multiple spelling errors, incorrect formatting, multiple sentence errors

 

Spelling, punct., and sentence errors interfere with understanding