The Iliad Assessment To conclude our unit on The Iliad, you will be

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The Iliad Assessment
To conclude our unit on The Iliad, you will be taking an in-class essay on Thursday, February 20. The
essay must be completed during the block class period. No additional time will be allowed. The essay
will be assessed for the following course standard:
W.1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using
valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
a. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the
claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an
organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and
evidence.
b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most
relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both
in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values,
and possible biases.
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections
of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and
reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the
norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the
argument presented.
Prompt #1: Newspaper columnists often write persuasive editorials condemning or defending the
conduct of prominent figures in society. Imagine you are a columnist during the Trojan
War. Write an editorial persuading your audience that Achilles does or does not
conduct himself appropriately in The Iliad. Be sure to cite specific examples from the
text and our reading of Chapter 2 of The Heroic Ideal to support your argument. Be
sure to use MLA format for your citations.
Prompt #2: The two potential heroic figures in The Iliad, Achilles and Hector, have many
contrasting personality traits and, as a result, they are different reasons why they
might be considered heroes. Write a paper in which you assert that one of these two
men deserves the title of hero more than the other. Be sure to cite specific examples
from the text and our reading of Chapter 2 of The Heroic Ideal to support your
argument. Be sure to use MLA format for your citations.
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