2nd Quarter Writing Assessment

Unit 2: Coming of Age

Prompt: What Does It Mean to Come of Age in Different Cultures and Eras?

We have read many poems, short stories and book reviews in this unit and now it is time to "show what you know"! This paper asks you to show connections between people/characters and how, where, and when they grow up. Where are the similarities? Where are the differences? What effect have these pieces had on you personally?

Guideline 1: Demonstrate Knowledge of the Writing Process

5 Step Writing Process:

1. Pre-Writing-Use your "Coming of Age Comparisons" chart to help you brainstorm how to respond to the prompt.

2. Draft-Get your ideas on paper. Make sure you skip lines, stay between the red margins and only write on the front side of the paper.

3. Edit-Go through your paper and make corrections in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Get help with this step if you need to.

4.Revise-Go through your paper and make improvements for style. Be aware of the "flow" of your work.

5. Publish-Type your completed and corrected paper. Be sure to number your pages, include a header or footer with your information, and staple or bind your pages together. A cover page with with a relevant image is always a nice touch.

Guideline 2: Cite Evidence from the Text

You must base your response on conclusions you have drawn from what you have read. You have all of these resources to pull from:

An American Childhood


7th Grade

Brown Girl, Blond Okie

Mrs. Flowers

The Medicine Bag

The Color of Water

Manchild in the Promised Land

You must include citations from at least three (3) different texts as well as one (1) from your own personal experience.

Guideline 3: Use good sentence structure and the format for paragraphs discussed this quarter.

Structure of Sentences:

Sentences must have 2 parts, a subject and a predicate.

The subject of a sentence is the "who" part while the predicate of the sentence is the "what part".

The subject of a sentence should include nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. The Predicate of a sentence should focus on verbs and adverbs. Be sure that you are giving full and vivid descriptions and expressing your thoughts clearly on paper.

Paragraph Format:

A good paragraph has good "bones". Carefully build each paragraph and the result will be a carefully built paper.

Sentence 1: Topic sentence-This tells what the paragraph is about.

Sentence 2: Evidence-Support your topic by including evidence from the text.

Sentences 3 & 4: Commentary on the evidence you have provided which expounds, discusses, or supports the evidence you just included.

Sentence 5: Provide additional evidence that supports your topic sentence. This may come from the same text or it may be found in a new one, as long as it contributes to the same idea of the paragraph.

Sentences 6 & 7: Commentary to expound, discuss, or support the new evidence.

Sentence 8: Wrap up your paragraph with a strong conclusion.