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Final Paper for Road Trip Unit The past few weeks we have been working with the

novel Paper Towns by John Green. We have used the three essential questions to guide us as we explored the personal journeys of not only the characters within the novel but our own personal journeys as well. As a final demonstration for what you have learned you will be writing a paper on a novel of your choice and applying one of the essential questions to the journey of the main character. Steps for creating the paper, a checklist for the final product, and a rubric you will be scored with are as follows: Step One: Choosing a Novel Please choose one of the following novels, that you have NOT read before, to use for your final paper. Note that even though there are some easy texts it may not be as simple to apply the essential questions. If you are thinking of a novel not on this list that you would like to use please come speak to me. - Night - Elie Wiesel - The Homecoming: Hmong Memoir Kao Khalia Yang - The Seamstress Sara Tuval Bernstein - The Color Purple Alice Walker - 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson - Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte - On The Road Jack Kerouac - The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien - Catcher and the Rye - J. D. Salinger - Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen - How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff - The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison - Brave New World Adolph Huxley -The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald -Hunger Games Susan Collins -Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn Mark Twain -The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan -Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder -The Wizard of Oz E.L. Baum -Thousand Splendid Suns - Khalid Houssein -The Kite Runner Khalid Houssein - The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - Tess of DUrberville James Hardy - Finding Alaska John Green - The Road Home Ellen Emerson

Step Two: Read the Novel As you read make sure that you are frequently referring to the essential questions. Here they are again: 1.) What is a journey? 2.) Is there such a thing as fate? 3.) Is there a right path for everyone? All of the questions may be applicable to your novel, but your paper will only be on one of them. Pay attention to which of them either has more support or clear connections to Paper Towns, it will make writing the paper easier in the long run. Please complete your novel by October 7th.

Step Three: Create a Topic Proposal In this proposal you will outline what your paper will be about. You need to include what essential question you will be working with, what character you are going to be looking at, how that character shows the parallels of a journey (Emotional & Physical), and how this journey compares to that of one in Paper Towns. This proposal will set up the first draft of your paper along with giving me information about what you plan on writing about. Step Four: Create a 1st draft This paper should be a traditional five paragraph essay. That means your paper should include an introduction, three supporting paragraphs and a final conclusion. With the help of your topic proposal you should have your ideas already collected and should be able to start writing a first draft of your paper. Remember that in your supporting paragraphs you need to include textual evidence (quotes) to show your line of thought. This draft should be very close to the final paper requirements. Put a lot of effort on this first draft and there most likely will be less to fix/add later. Here is the formatting I would like your draft and final paper to be in: WORD PROCESSED: TIMES NEW ROMAN - 12 FONT - DOUBLE SPACED - 4-6 PAGES IN LENGTH - 1

The top right hand corner of your paper should include your name, title of the assignment, class period and date. It should look like this --->

Amy Jindra Final Paper Period 3 September 20th, 2013

Step Five: Peer Edit/Revise Apart of becoming a good writer is checking in with peers and getting suggestions and help that will improve your final paper. With a partner complete a peer review worksheet. Offer advice, point out grammatical errors, let them know where sentences might be confusing, or where ideas need to be a bit clearer. Once you have finished your sheet, return it to the author a talk over your suggestions. Please repeat this with another partner. In the end you should have had two different people read your paper and receive two peer review forms. Step Six: Make Changes Based on the feedback from your peers start to revise your paper. This does not mean that you just fix your grammatical errors. Take another look at your ideas and suggestions from the peer evaluation form. Make sure that you have done you best to convey your ideas and points of view. Step Seven: Turn in Final Draft You have completed all of the steps towards creating a final paper! Please make sure you turn in all of the following items with your final draft. I will not accept a paper that is missing any of the checklist items.

Checklist for Final Paper Packet _____ Topic proposal paper _____ First draft of paper _____ Two peer review forms _____ Final draft of paper _____ Grading Rubric Grading Rubric for the Road Trip Final Paper The following rubric is what your final paper will be graded on. You will need to turn this into me with an edited and final draft of your paper. Look carefully at what I am asking for so you fulfill the paper guidelines. Use this and the checklist to guide you. As always feel free to ask questions when something seems unclear or confusing. Domain
Essential Question


The paper clearly connects to one essential question and is referenced and discussed throughout the entire paper. The development of the main character throughout the entire novel was analyzed and connected to the characters within Paper Towns with multiple areas of support. Supported big ideas from multiple areas of the novel with multiple quotes. Paper shows how the two different journeys, physical & spiritual, are interconnected. Paper is well organized, it is easy for the reader to see the progression of the writers thoughts.

1 The paper referenced multiple essential questions or they are referenced infrequently throughout the paper. The development of the character is only analyzed in a small portion of the text and characters comparison from Paper Towns is in need of support. Supported big ideas from only one area of the novel with few quotes. Paper speaks of two different journeys, interconnection needs development. Paper seemed out of order, difficult for the reader to follow thought process.

Character Development

Supporting Paragraphs