Characterization Paragraph #1: To Kill a Mockingbird Prompt



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Name:_______________________________________ Date:___________ Period:______

Characterization Paragraph #1: To Kill a Mockingbird

Prompt:


Write a coherent paragraph discussing the traits of Jem, Scout or Atticus, from To Kill a Mockingbird. Be sure to use specific examples from the text to support your argument.
upport your claims

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Standards

Standards:

R 3.4 Determine characters' traits by what the characters do, what is said about them in narration and dialogue and what other characters say about them.

WS1.1 Establish a controlling impression (main idea) or coherent thesis (topic sentence) that conveys a clear and distinctive perspective on the subject (makes an argument) and maintain a consistent tone and focus throughout the piece of writing (the whole paragraph or essay is about the topic sentence or thesis).

Criteria

The Paragraph Must:

Contain a clear topic sentence and introduction that adequately addresses the prompt.

Contain at least two to three specific examples, correctly cited, from To Kill a Mockingbird, to support the topic sentence.

Contain adequate commentary (at least one sentence per example) for each specific example.

Contain smooth and appropriate transitions from one idea to the next.

Contain a clear and succinct conclusion.

Be written neatly and legibly.

Contain few, if any, errors in the conventions of the English language (Errors are generally first draft in nature).



Be read by a classmate and have the various parts of the paragraph identified, including a key.

Grade Category (100 points)

A

B

C

Contain a clear topic sentence and introduction that adequately addresses the prompt.

(20)










Contain at two to three specific examples, correctly cited, from To Kill a Mockingbird, to support the topic sentence.

(20)










Contain adequate commentary (at least one sentence per example) for each specific example.

(20)










Contain smooth and appropriate transitions from one idea to the next.

(15)










Contain a clear and succinct conclusion.

(10)










Be written neatly and legibly.

(5)










Contain few, if any, errors in the conventions of the English language (Errors are generally first draft in nature).

(5)










Be read by a classmate and have the various parts of the paragraph identified, including a key.

(5)











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