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GarageBand: Animal Farm Interview General Project Directions: Now that you have finished reading Animal Farm, your task will be to create a podcast interview with George Orwell, a protagonist, and an antagonist from the book and Epilogue Activity. You will be working in groups of 4-5 students, but you will only create ONE podcast, meaning that you can only be using one iPad to actually create the final product, which will be uploaded at a later date. GarageBand Directions: Please see attached handout with specific directions for navigating within the app. The program has many different instruments available, however, we will be using the microphone option to record our work! Also, I have included a set of Podcasting Script Tips to assist you in creating your production as well.

Requirements: •

2-3 members will be required to ask George Orwell the following Interview Questions below

and then provide subsequent answers as it relates to Russian History. 1.

Explain how Animal Farm can be seen as a fable even though it does not have a moral stated at the end? After providing Orwell’s response, list a moral of your own and explain it in terms of the novel.

2. Provide examples of peer pressure as used in the novel and explain why you chose these animals (I.E. Boxer and the sheep). 3. Speculate on why you had the reader sympathize with all of the animals except the pigs, who are the most intelligent beasts and the closest to humans of any of the animals? 4. Explain why an “enemy” or scapegoat is necessary for the animals? Why does the enemy change throughout your book? If there was no enemy what would it mean for any society, including that of Animal Farm?

2-3 members will conduct a second interview with the protagonist and antagonist from their

Epilogues (IE. Snowball and Napoleon) utilizing the following questions: 1.

Which animal/person helped you the most in achieving your goals of revolution and why?

2. Do you think your actions would have made Old Major (Original creator of Animalism) smile from the afterlife or frown? Be specific! 3. Trace the defamation of a specific animal (Similar to the way Snowball “fell from grace” in the book) as witnessed in your revolution. 4. As you are aware, the song “Beasts of England” and “Comrade Napoleon” were the two songs of the revolutions in the past. If you were to create a new song for your revolution what would it be named and why? Also, what would be the first stanza of your new song look like? Be specific. •

This must be done in character by the Interviewer and the two particular animals/people you

chose as the protagonist/antagonist for your alternative ending. •

You must include one student-produced podcast.

You must include at least one voice-over per person.

*Your group must have your general script approved by Mr. Jaskelewicz.

Process: •

Prewrite, brainstorm

Draft the script

Each student must have a speaking part within the podcast

Revise by modifying and organizing the script to meet the content requirements.

Due Date:__________________________________

Animal Farm GarageBand Rubric Names:_____________________________________________________________________________ _ Category Point of View: Purpose/Theme

(includes title and author)


Content Development (3 quotes)



Voice (consistency and


All members must participate.

Publishable (5 Points)

Satisfactory (4 Points) Establishes a thematic Establishes a thematic purpose early on and purpose and maintains a clear focus maintains focus for throughout. most of the podcast. The podcast is very The podcast is pretty well organized. One well organized. One idea follows another in idea may seem out of logical sequence with place. Clear clear transitions. transitions are used. Contents develops in- Contents develops depth knowledge adequate knowledge based on scope, based on scope, thoroughness, and thoroughness, and quality. Combines quality. Combines ideas to create new ideas to create a knowledge that is coherent whole. comprehensive. The podcast contains The podcast contains many appropriately a few creative details. creative details. The The group has really group has really used used their their imagination. imagination. Voice quality is clear Voice quality is clear and consistently and consistently audible. The pace fits audible throughout and helps the audience 85-95% of the really “get into� the presentation. podcast. Occasionally speaks too fast or too slowly for the podcast. The pacing is relatively engaging.

Podcast was uploaded or emailed___________ Final Grade:__________________ Comments:

Needs Improvement (3 Points) There are a few lapses in thematic focus, but the purpose is fairly clear. The podcast is a little hard to follow. The transitions are sometimes not clear.

Unsatisfactory (1-2 Points) It is difficult to figure out the thematic purpose of the presentation. Ideas seem to be randomly arranged.

Contents develops minimal knowledge based on scope, thoroughness, and quality. Combines ideas to create a coherent whole.

Content is incoherent and hard to follow. Content does not reveal meaning or insight.

The podcast contains a few creative details, but they are inappropriate and distracting. Voice quality is clear and consistently audible through 7084% of the presentation. Tries to use pacing, but it is often noticeable that the pacing does not fit the podcast. Audience is not consistently engaged.

The podcast shows little evidence of creativity. The group does not seem to have used imagination. Voice quality needs more attention. No attempt to match the pace of the storytelling to the story line or audience.

PODCAST SCRIPT TIPS There are three basic parts to a successful podcast: opening, content and closing. Opening The opening bumper should state the title, give a brief overview, and include background music. Recording the bumpers in a voice opposite the gender of the content offers a professional touch. If the podcast will include images or video, be sure that it has a branded appearance. Content It is smart to always write a script before trying to record your audio. Have the script proofread and practice it at least once. Another helpful hint is to add cues to remind you where to pause, add emphasis, etc. Don't be afraid to make mistakes in your recording, just say "cut" and try again, the file can always be edited later. Be sure to save your Audacity project file as well as the MP3 export. Closing As with the opening, the closing bumper should be recorded in a gender opposite that of the content and should include background music. It should also point the audience to a source for more information related to the podcast. A podcast must use references, funding information, and copyrights where necessary.

Writing Your Podcast Script 1. Provide an overview, then give specifics In your Podcast, give a short overview on what your listeners can expect. This is especially important if you will be covering a couple different topics, as it allows your users to scroll forward and skip anything that doesn't interest them. Sample overview: "In the first half of today's Podcast, we'll talk about the important roles parents play in building their child's vocabulary. Then, we'll talk with a child nutritionist on simple changes you can make to your child's snacks." 2. Write tight In audio, you need to get to the point. Read and re-read your copy, eliminating redundancy. Find shorter ways to say just about anything. Readers can skim the written article, but must listen to the entire Podcast. Write succinctly to keep their attention. Write your script, then read it out loud to yourself and time it. Imagine you have to trim 10 seconds off the final narration. Keep editing, trimming 10 seconds, repeatedly, until you can't possibly trim any more without losing important content. 3. Write for the ear and your tongue The ear is much less forgiving of extra-long sentences and sentences that don't flow well. When writing, read it out loud; if it isn't easy to say, re-write it. You'll want to use shorter sentences and conversational vocabulary. Remember that you'll be reading this, possibly when you are a bit nervous about your voice. Write out numbers and addresses. Be especially careful with dollar amounts. Avoid numbers and dollar signs: "$4,567,555" Write out numbers: "over four and half million dollars."

4. Be active, positive and present-tense Avoid passive voice descriptions in which the action is done unto something, instead of something doing the action. Avoid negative words such as "not", "no", "don't", "doesn't", "won't", etc. Phrase things in the present tense as much as possible. Avoid passive voice: "The charge was denied by the President" Use active voice: "The President denies the charges." Avoid the negative: "The dairy producers don't believe the rates will increase before next year. Rewrite in the positive: "Dairy producers believe rates will stay low throughout the rest of the fiscal year." Use present tense: "The University supports the initiative." It is easier for the listener to understand than other tenses: Avoid: "The University is supporting the initiative." And "The University has supported the initiative." 5. Make it personal Imagine you are writing for one person, a friend who trusts your information and opinions. How would you make your topic of interest to them? How would you make sure you would keep their attention during the 5 minutes you have with them at a dinner party? Ultimately, a Podcast is a one-to-one relationship between the listener and you. Make a connection with them by making them feel you have them in mind.

Writing Checklist 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Is there a short overview? Have you removed as much text as possible? Have long or awkward sentences been removed? Are numbers re-written as words? Have passive verbs been replaced with active tense? Have negative words like "don't", "can't" and "won't" been removed? Is present tense used throughout? Would a listener feel you are talking directly to them?

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