Analysis of The Giver

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Name: ____________________________________ Date:

Analysis of The Giver - Writing Rubric

Period: _____

Our culminating writing task will require you to analyze how Jonas’s point of view is different from the other characters in

The Giver

and why that’s important to understanding its theme. This essay will count as a test grade for the 1 st

quarter.

Your essay must include five paragraphs including an introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion – all of which must be at least five sentences.

You may type (12 point font/single spaced) or write (neat/blue or black pen/loose leaf) your essay.

Correct parenthetical documentation is required for all evidence cited from the book. We will review this in class.

This assignment is due on

Friday, October 10 th

Grading Criteria (LEAP Rubric Variation)

o o o

Composing o o o

A clear focus – Jonas’s point of view in The Giver

Explain Jonas’s changing point of view on the Community

0 1 2 3 4

Organization – events described in chronological order

Compare and contrast Jonas and other character’s points of view

Explain why Jonas’s point of view is different than that of other characters in the book

Explain how Jonas’s changing point of view results in a

theme

for the book;

explain what you believe is the theme of The Giver and explain why

- Remember - all ideas must be backed with evidence.

Style/Audience Awareness o

Awareness of audience (your teacher) o o o o o

Quality of writing- structure & clarity

Introduction paragraph should “hook” the reader’s attention and introduce your topic

Showing, not only telling (do not use 1 st

0 1 2 3 4

person; use details and evidence from the book in each body paragraph)

Parenthetical citations present in each body paragraph

Higher vocabulary

Sentence Formation o o

Varied sentence structure (simple, compound, & complex sentences)

Correct sentence structure (no run-ons or fragments)

Usage o

Subject – Verb Agreement o o

Appropriate word choice

Correct use of present, past, future tense

0

0

1

1

Mechanics o

Capitalization o o o

Correct comma usage

Punctuation (ensure dialogue is correctly punctuated)

0 1

Single spaced, catchy title, proper heading (name, teacher’s name, date, period), font (Times New Roman or

Courier New- 12 pt.)

Spelling o

Uses conventional spelling of words

0 1

12=100A

6=70D

11=95A

5=65F

10=90B

4=60F

9=85B

3=55F

Total: ________/12

8=80C

2=50F

7=75C

1=45F

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