Hook: Establish the overall topic of the essay



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Animal Farm Essay

Squealer and Propaganda: In a well-developed five paragraph essay, discuss how Squealer uses propaganda to solidify Napoleon’s power on Animal Farm. You are expected to trace Squealer’s use of propaganda from the beginning of Napoleon’s leadership over the farm.

Suggested Essay Formats:

Hook: Establish the overall topic of the essay

- comments on why propaganda is so widely used by political leaders and link this to the story

-The dangers of believing everything one hears, link to story

-the success of propaganda throughout history, link to story



Bridge: Identify the novel’s subject, author and title, a transition is needed to link the bridge to the hook

-author


-title

-brief summary of the novel



Thesis: Make your claim and establish the purpose of the essay, a transition is needed to link the thesis to the bridge

An opinionated statement on why Squealer’s use of propaganda was instrumental (or important) in the development of Napoleon’s leadership.



Body Paragraph One: Should relate to early events in the story

Document how Squealer used propaganda to establish Napoleon’s credibility among the animals and to vilify Snowball.



Topic Sentence: Establishes the claim of the paragraph , must relate to the thesis.

Context: Provides background information regarding the claim, may provide more insight into the story, sets the reader up to understand both the claim and the concrete details.

Concrete Details: Specific references to the text that DIRECTLY SUPPORT the claim made in the topic sentence.

Commentary or Analysis: Show the writer’s understanding of HOW the topic sentence relates to the thesis and the concrete details in the paragraph. Show the writer’s ability to articulate their understanding (not just regurgitation) of the information presented.

Body Paragraph Two: Should relate to events towards the middle of the story

Document how Squealer continues to use propaganda to further brainwash the animals of the farm.



Topic Sentence: Establishes the claim of the paragraph , must relate to the thesis.

Context: Provides background information regarding the claim, may provide more insight into the story, sets the reader up to understand both the claim and the concrete details.

Concrete Details: Specific references to the text that DIRECTLY SUPPORT the claim made in the topic sentence.

Commentary or Analysis: Show the writer’s understanding of HOW the topic sentence relates to the thesis and the concrete details in the paragraph. Show the writer’s ability to articulate their understanding (not just regurgitation) of the information presented.

Body Paragraph Three: Should relate to concluding events in the story

Document how Squealer’s use of propaganda allowed Napoleon and the rest of the pigs more power and freedom than the rest of the animals on Animal Farm.



Topic Sentence: Establishes the claim of the paragraph , must relate to the thesis.

Context: Provides background information regarding the claim, may provide more insight into the story, sets the reader up to understand both the claim and the concrete details.

Concrete Details: Specific references to the text that DIRECTLY SUPPORT the claim made in the topic sentence.

Commentary or Analysis: Show the writer’s understanding of HOW the topic sentence relates to the thesis and the concrete details in the paragraph. Show the writer’s ability to articulate their understanding (not just regurgitation) of the information presented.

Conclusion: Brings together the points made in the hook, thesis and body paragraphs. Establishes why the reader should consider the claims made in the essay

Further discuss the effectiveness of propaganda, specifically as it was used by Squealer in Animal Farm.



Discuss the dangers of falling prey to propaganda. Use the animals as examples.

Connect: Connect the reader back to your thesis, without repeating your thesis

Extend: Explain why the reader should

Echo: Idea in hook


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