English 12-Comparison-Contrast Essay-Beowulf Name/Period: compare and contrast essay rubric



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English 12-Comparison-Contrast Essay-Beowulf
Name/Period: ________________________________________________________________
COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY RUBRIC

CATEGORY

Exceeds the Standard (A+/B+)

Meets the Standard (B-/C-)

Does Not Meet the Standard (D+/F)

Purpose & Supporting Details

The paper compares and contrasts ideas clearly, points to specific examples to illustrate the comparisons and contrast, and includes only the information relevant to the comparison and contrast. Beowulf is compared and contrasted to one modern day hero, real or fictional.

The paper compares and contrasts ideas clearly, but the supporting information is general. The paper includes only the information relevant to the comparison and contrast. Beowulf is compared and contrasted to one modern day hero: real or fictional.

The paper compares and contrasts items clearly, but the supporting information is incomplete, and may include information that is not relevant to the comparison and contrast. (The thesis statement is not supported in the body.)

Organization & Structure

The paper breaks the information into block-by-block structure. It follows a consistent order when discussing the comparison and contrast

The paper breaks the information into point-by-point structure or block-by-block, but may not follow a consistent order when discussing the comparison.

Organizational pattern not identifiable. Some details are not in a logical or expected order, and this distracts the reader.

Transitions

The paper moves smoothly from one idea to the next and uses transition words and subtle transitions to show relationships between ideas.

The paper moves from one idea to the next, but may lack or misuse transition words to show relationships between ideas.

Transitions may be missing; connections between ideas are fuzzy or illogical.

Grammar & Spelling (Conventions)

Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling.

Writer makes 2-3 errors in grammar or spelling that distract.

Writer makes several errors in grammar or spelling.


COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY ASSIGNMENT
Using what you have learned about Beowulf as a hero, write an essay of at least seven paragraphs in which you effectively compare and contrast him to another hero, real or fictional.


  1. The essay must be clearly organized, block-by-block. (See below outline as reviewed in our writing workshops.)

  2. Include a minimum of three points of comparison/contrast. (Minimums: 2 points of comparison and 1 point of contrast.)

  3. Focus on smooth transitions that help illuminate the analysis between the character types: first, second, next, also, furthermore, in comparison, in contrast, etc.

  4. Include at least one direct quote to support each analysis and paragraph.

  5. Turn in any notes, brainstorming, or rough draft, along with the final draft.


Helpful Notes: Check off the following points
Paragraph I: Introductory Paragraph

Θ Hook


Θ Thesis Statement

Θ Transitional Statement


Paragraph 2: Body I

Θ Analysis and descriptions of Beowulf character: first thesis point

Θ At least 1 direct quote to support the analysis
Paragraph 3: Body 2

Θ Analysis and description of second character

Θ At least 1 direct quote to support the analysis
Paragraph 4: Body 3

Θ Analysis and description of third character (from the current novel you are reading).

Θ At least 1 direct quote to support the analysis
Paragraph 5: Body 4

Θ Analysis of comparison-How are these 3 characters similar?

Θ At least 1 direct quote to support the analysis
Paragraph 6: Body 5

Θ Analysis of contrast-How are these 3 characters different?

Θ At least 1 direct quote to support the analysis
Paragraph 7: Conclusion

Θ Reshape the thesis statement



Θ One final statement that closes this paragraph and will be memorable to the reader.
Final Points as Reviewed and Required:


  1. Write in 3rd person

  2. You may turn-in any notes, brainstorming, venn-diagrams; all work must be electronically completed or handwritten no later than the day of your scheduled 2nd semester exam. No late work will be accepted past the final exam date unless an excused note is presented via the main office.

  3. Analysis comes from 2nd semester short stories, 2 characters, and 1 character of choice from your current novel, Wish You Well, or Picture Bride.

  4. All final drafts must be legible, printed, or very neatly handwritten on the day of the final exam.

  5. All information must be uniquely composed and not copied from the internet.

  6. Work that is plagiarized will receive zero credit. No opportunity will be provided to rewrite plagiarized work!

  7. Remember that this final essay is your final exam grade and valued as 1/5 of your 2nd semester final comprehensive score.



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