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Danai Alvarez

Mrs. Spanier
English Period 5
1/9/17
TKAM Film vs. Novel Compare and Contrast/Argumentative Writing
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, she included a scene where Scout, Jem,
and Atticus go to the Finches Landing for the holiday. I was surprised they didnt include
this scene because two important themes are racism and doing the right thing. Scout
experienced racism during her visit when her cousin Francis told her how the family was
disapproving of Atticus defending a black man. I guess it aint your fault if Uncle Atticus
is a ni***r-lover Hes ruining the family, thats what hes doin (Lee, 110). Scout felt
the need to defend Atticus and the only way she knew was to hit Francis which got her
in trouble. This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on [Francis] front teeth (Lee, 112).
Throughout the story, Scout did not quite understand why people were disapproving of
Atticus, she didnt understand at the time that Atticus was doing the right thing. Later on
through, she realized that not all people are treated the same because of their skin
color. This also showed how Scout matured throughout the story.
In the novel, Harper Lee included Aunt Alexandra and I believe she was a
significant character because an important theme was coming of age. Alexandra came
to stay with Scout, Jem, and Atticus because she always disapproved of how Atticus
was raising Scout. We decided that it would be best for you to have a feminine
influence. It wont be many years, Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes
and boys- (Lee, 170). Alexandra knew Scout was growing up, and she thought it was
time for Scout to stop acting like a boy and more like a girl. It was plain that Aunty
thought me dull in the extreme, because because I once heard her tell Atticus that I was

sluggish (Lee, 170). This was not included in the film and I was surprised because an
important theme was coming of age.
Rubric rating submitted on: 1/16/2017, 12:37:02 PM by alyssaball@solvangstudents.org
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Writing Basics
Your score: 5

Missing topic
sentence,
conclusion,
and/or
transitions

Missing topic
sentence,
conclusion, or
transitions

Uses topic
sentences,
conclusions,
and some
transitions; but
not always
correctly

Correctly uses
topic
sentences, and
conclusions,
some
transitions
included

Correctly uses
topic
sentences,
conclusions,
and transitions.

Supporting
with Evidence
Your score: 5

Does not
provide
evidence
and/or
explanation of
how that
evidence
supports their
claims.

Provides some
evidence
and/or little
explanation of
how that
evidence
supports their
claims.

Provides
evidence and
some
explanation of
how that
evidence
supports their
claims.
Sometimes
cites source.

Provides
relevant
evidence and
an explanation
of how that
evidence
supports their
claims. Usually
cites source.

Provides
relevant
evidence and
strong
explanation of
how that
evidence
supports their
claims. Cites
sources.

Spelling and
Grammar
Your score: 4

Has many
spelling and
grammar
mistakes which
make the
writing hard to
read

Has many
spelling and
grammar
mistakes

Has some
spelling and
grammer
mistakes

Has very few


spelling and
grammar
mistakes

Has NO
spelling or
grammar
mistakes

Format /
Neatness
Your score: 5

Does not
follow basic
format
expectations,
work is not
neat and
organized

Somewhat
follows basic
format
expectations,
work is not
neat and
organized

Follows basic
format
expectations,
work is
somewhat neat
and organized

Follows basic
format
expectation,
work is neat
and organized

Follows format
expectations,
work is
exceptionally
neat and
organized

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