ZIP Assignment 1: Animal Farm
Summary of Assignment and Learning Objectives
ZIP is an English Inquiry Project that gives you the opportunity to explore an area of learning of your choice independently. The learning objectives include online research, writing a proposal, constructing a learning artifact and presenting my learning to my peers. I chose George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, as my area of learning. My inquiry question that I was striving to answer was “How does George Orwell construct an allegory in his novel, Animal Farm to represent the political situation during and after the Russian Revolution?”. My artifact consisted of my own written allegory, and a visual character map.
Listing of Digital Literacy Criteria Met
Communication and Collaboration:
#2. I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience, and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.
My audience is my peers in my TALONS English class, as well as my teacher, Mr. Morris. I tried to make my presentation board more eye-catching by including pictures of cartoon pigs alongside photos of Marx, Stalin and Lenin. At the very top of my board, I had my inquiry question so my audience knows it was an inquiry project.
Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts:
#5. I enhance the impact of my research or presentation through creative use of technology.
I used Microsoft Excel to create the character map and position both photos of Russian Leaders alongside text that describe their characteristics.
#6. I determine and use the most effective medium to present my work.
My In-Depth project is to start my own business building and selling Tri-Fold Presentation Boards. I wanted to advertise my business by using one of my own Tri-Folds to give my peers and example as to what it would look like.
Research and Information Literacy:
#9. I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose.
Before clicking on any links, I made sure that the website was authentic and a trusted platform. For example, I used BBC and History.com as primary sources for my learning about the history of the Russian Revolution. I made sure that the information provided on all the websites was consistent and reliable.
#13. I attribute credit to ideas that are not my own by preparing a Bibliography/Works Cited and by using in-text citations.
I created a bibliography citing all my sources and included it in my daily notes. I used Word to create these citations, as we learned in class.