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Name: ___________________________ Block: ____________________________ Date: ____________________________ Writing Assignment Pick either 1 or 2, and turn in a final copy by next

class. Follow the directions carefully. 1. Journal entry The structure of Flowers for Algernon is based upon Charlies progress reports, which are like journal entries. Pick another character, and write two journal entries by him/her corresponding to incidents Charlie wrote about involving this character. Write at least a page using dates as Charlie does in the story, and write using the first person pronoun (e.g., Today I saw Charlie.)

2. Short life v. long life If people could choose between a long life (75 plus years) of average quality and a short life (less than 40 years) of higher quality, which kind of life do you think most people would choose? Write at least a page that addresses the following: a) What you think a life of average quality would be b) What you think a life of higher quality might include (This should NOT be about what life would be like if someone won the lottery, but rather, what someone who worked hard and got ahead could reasonably expect life to be like.) c) Which you think most people would choose and why

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Organization
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Development
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Sentence Structure
Sophisticated sentence structure; complete and correct sentences Sentence variation o o

Word Choice/Grammar Usage


Word choice is vivid and specific Consistent grammar usage o

Mechanics

Clear logical progression of ideas Sophisticated transitions that convey relationships among ideas and paragraphs Some evidence of logical progress in ideas Appropriate use of transition between paragraphs

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Limited evidence of a logical progression of ideas Repetitive use of transition

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Little or no progression of ideas Inadequate paragraphing Little or no transition

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Clear focus maintained for intended audience Strong use of examples, evidence, or relevant details Strong development of the topic Adequate focus maintained for intended audience Adequate development of topic Sufficient use of examples, evidence, or relevant details Some evidence of focus for intended audience Limited development of topic Some use of examples, evidence, or supporting details Unclear or no focus Little or no development of topic Few or no examples, evidence, or other supporting details

May have minor errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling Needs little or no editing

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Minor errors in sentence structure Some sentence variation

Word choice is appropriate, specific, but somewhat simplistic Somewhat consistent grammar usage

Some errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling Needs editing, but doesnt impede readability

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Some errors in sentence structure Limited sentence variation

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Word choice is vague, redundant, and simplistic Several inconsistencies in grammar usage

Frequent errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling Begins to impede readability

Contains numerous fragments and/or runons Inadequate sentence variation

Word choice is rambling, inappropriate, and incorrect Distracting inconsistencies in grammar usage

Serious and consistent errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling Impedes understanding

Total Points: _____/20 Comments: