Literature Circle Final Essay Your task: In 4 paragraphs, demonstrate how your literature circle novel addresses two of the following characteristics of the dystopian genre. Choose from



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Literature Circle Final Essay

Your task:

In 4 paragraphs, demonstrate how your literature circle novel addresses two of the following characteristics of the dystopian genre.

Choose from:


Organize your essay like this:

Paragraph 1 – Introduction – including hook, TAG (Title, Author, Genre), thesis

Paragraph 2 – Body Paragraph – discuss the first characteristic of dystopian fiction, using 2 CDs with commentary

Paragraph 3 – Body Paragraph – discuss the second characteristic of dystopian fiction, using 2 CDs with commentary



Paragraph 4 – Conclusion – briefly summarize body paragraphs, connect back to HOOK



Fun with colors!

Introduction: Body Paragraph: Put a box around

Hook: Purple TS: Yellow all transitional

TAG: Circle each CD: Green words and phrases.

Thesis: Red CM: Blue

CS: Orange


First and Last Name

Miss Hughes

English 7

15 February 2017



Divergent as a Dystopia

Authors use fictional dystopian societies to highlight the imperfections of the real world. This is certainly true in the novel Divergent. In her book, Veronica Roth creates a society that experiences a restriction of freedom and an unhealthy level of surveillance.

The citizens who live in the world of Divergent do not have the freedom to live in a way that they choose. The society in this novel is divided into five “factions” – Abdegnation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Citizens are born into a faction and then must follow specific rules throughout their entire childhood. The protagonist Beatrice is born into Abdegnation, a faction with strict laws about vanity. Members are allowed to look in the mirror on only “the second day of every third month” (page 1). Their appearance must be plain and they must wear drab clothing. Because of these rules, Beatrice cannot express her individuality through her appearance. Her freedom to look how she chooses is restricted. In addition, Beatrice is not allowed to speak freely because of the rules of her society. In her faction, children “aren’t supposed to speak at the dinner table unless parents ask a direct question” (page34). This rule limits a child’s ability to express themselves, share observations, and ask questions. Instead, they must always listen to the brainwashed adults around them. The lack of freedom that Beatrice experiences is a method of control in this dystopian society.

BODY PARAGRAPH #2 WOULD GO HERE!

Because of the unfair rules that restrict freedom and the extreme government surveillance, the protagonist Beatrice lives in an imperfect world. Readers can recognize the horrors of living under these conditions. Hopefully, by reading dystopian fiction, real societies will keep oppressive forces from gaining too much power.



INTRODUCTION


HOOK – a general statement about utopia/dystopia, their purpose in society, why authors write dystopian books



Sentence using TAG to introduce the novel





THESIS – re-state prompt, answer using 2 branches







BODY PARAGRAPH #1 (first characteristic)


TOPIC SENTENCE – Don’t include TAG, but this sentence must introduce the first characteristic




Background – include any necessary information to make the first CD make sense.




CONCRETE DETAIL 1 – lines directly from the text

On what page did you find

this CD? _______________



COMMENTARY – your explanation



CONCRETE DETAIL 2 – lines directly from the text

On what page did you find

this CD? _______________



COMMENTARY – your explanation



CONCLUDING SENTENCE – restate TS








BODY PARAGRAPH #2 (second characteristic)


TOPIC SENTENCE – Don’t include TAG, but this sentence must introduce the second characteristic




Background – include any necessary information to make the first CD make sense.




CONCRETE DETAIL 1 – lines directly from the text


On what page did you find

this CD? _______________



COMMENTARY – your explanation



CONCRETE DETAIL 2 – lines directly from the text


On what page did you find

this CD? _______________



COMMENTARY – your explanation



CONCLUDING SENTENCE – restate TS









CONCLUSION


Re-word your THESIS



RESTATE and SUM UP your 2 reasons.


Relate back to HOOK





Typing checklist:


  • Use Arial font, size 12

  • Double space

  • Indent each paragraph

  • Include an MLA heading

  • Give your essay a title

  • Titles of novels are italicized (when typed)


Introduction

Hook


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

TAG


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

Thesis


______/4



x 2 = ______/8

Body Paragraph 1

TS


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

CD #1


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

CM #1


______/4



x 3 = ______/12

CD #2


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

CM #2


______/4



x 3 = ______/12

CS


______/4



x 1 = ______/4


Body Paragraph 2







TS


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

CD #1


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

CM #1


______/4



x 3 = ______/12

CD #2


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

CM #2


______/4



x 3 = ______/12

CS


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

Conclusion





______/4


x 1 = ______/4
Name _______________________________________ Period __________________

Formal Literary Essay Rubric





Mechanics

Voice/Tone/

Academic Vocabulary




______/4



x 2 = ______/8

Spelling


______/4



x 2 = ______/8

Grammar Usage


______/4



x 2 = ______/8

Transitional Words/Phrases


______/4



x 2 = ______/8

Punctuation


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

Capitalization


______/4



x 1 = ______/4

Comments:



Content Grade = ___________ /100
Mechanics Grade = ___________ /40
Graphic Organizer? YES  / NO (-5)
Double Spaced? YES  / NO (-5)

Total = ______________________/140


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