*Writing that shows your understanding/ interpretation of the literature.
*Support your ideas by referring to the story and to what you already know.
R&R- Respond by Referring
Understand the Prompt
Read the story / make notes as you read
After you read write your essay/you may go back to the story
Write about your understanding of the story. Support your ideas by referring to the story and to what you already know.
The Pecan Tree
The Pecan Tree
The pecan tree stood on Juanita’s land, but many of its branches hung over the stone wall that separated her land from Pablo’s land. For years Pablo had gathered the fallen nuts. He gave them to his mother, who made them into tasty pies and breads.
One Stormy night, Pablo heard a terrible crack of lightning. It was immediately followed by booming thunder so loud that is little house shook. The next morning when he looked outside, he saw the pecan tree lying split and broken on the ground. Twisted branches lay across the top of the wall and on both sides of it. Pablo felt very sad. Juanita had lost her beautiful tree, and he and his mother would no longer enjoy the delicious gifts the tree had freely given them for so long. Outside, Pablo bent down beside the stone wall. He searched through the fallen branches and gathered all of the pecans he could find. After a while they were all collected in a bucket. Pablo lowered it onto the ground on Juanita’s side of the wall.
It was with a heavy heart that Pablo walked back to his house. A surprise met his eyes as he approached. There on the steps he saw a larger basket. As he grew nearer, he could see that it was filled to the brim with pecans!
He looked over toward the stone wall and saw Juanita walked away in her flowing, colorful skirts and her red headscarf. Glancing back, she waved and brightly smiled at him. He returned both gestures. While he had been worrying about her, she had been thinking of him. As he watched her go, Pablo thought, “ Pecan trees may come and go, but true friends are forever.”
Analyzing the Prompt (Manual 3-73 to 3-74)
What will you write?
What/who is the topic?
-Juanita and Pablo’s friendship
What will you do (verb)?
-show your understanding (discuss/interpret)
What will you discuss?
-the theme/ lesson of the story
How do I develop the essay?
-refer to the story and your own experiences
The Introductory Paragraph Should contain the following
Examples: They gave their pecans without expecting anything in return. They became better friends when the pecan tree fell than when it was alive.
Score Point 4 Essay
In the story “ The Pecan Tree,” a much loved pecan tree fall in a storm. Juanita and Pablo miss the tree, but think of the other person first. They learn something about being friends.
Juanita had a pecan tree that separated her land from Pablo’s land. Pablo gathered the nuts that had fallen for his mother. One night a storm approached and broke the pecan tree. It was a sad moment. The next morning, Pablo searched for pecans and put them in a bucket for Juanita. When Pablo came home he saw a bucket of pecans. He looked back and saw Juanita smiling at him.
Pablo and Juanita were both worried about each other instead of themselves. Pablo collected the nuts when the pecan tree fell. Instead of keeping them he gave them to her. When Juanita’s pecan tree fell she gave the nuts on her side to Pablo. They both were doing the same thing that they other was without knowing it.
They gave their pecans without expecting anything in return. They became better friends when the pecan tree fell than when it was alive.
Revise /Edit/ Publish
Organization- rate 4,3,2,or 1(4 is the best)
Strong thesis/ addresses the prompt/compelling /interesting
Reasons, Facts, Details strongly support the topic
Effective examples/ elaboration given
Strong conclusion/ revisits the topic/ interesting
Varied transitions/ natural sounding
Content – rate 4,3,2,or 1
Quality and quantity or information related to the topic and entertains/ educates the reader.
Intriguing examples, evidence, and explanations bring prompt to life.
Fully develops the prompt.
Style – rate 4,3,2,1
A variety of sentence structure (simple, compound, complex) variety in the way sentences begin.
Rich words, content, vocabulary/ or figurative language to create mental pictures.
Style uses specific words and sentence structures that reflect a specific purpose.
Grammar and Mechanics- CUPS
Very few errors in capitalization- usage- punctuation -spelling