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ENG3CI--Open Letter Assignment and Rubric

Open Letter Assignment


Your Task:
1) After studying several examples of open letters it is now your turn to create your
own open letter.
2) Use the brainstorming sheet distributed in an earlier class and choose a person
you think is in need of some good advice, or praise, or choose a topic or thing that
angers you (a pet peeve).
3) Write a rough copy of your letter using googledocs and share the document with
me.
4) Choose somebody in class to also share the document with and have your open
letter edited. After the rough copy has been peer edited, make any necessary
changes and hand in this rubric to me when you are done.
*Make sure your open letter has:
-Clear narrative voice, understanding of audience, and communication of ideas
-clear purpose; informs, entertains or persuades the reader
-includes at least 4 labelled literary devices, effectively used (at the end of the open letter
indicate what 4 devices you used and clearly state what they are)
-accurate spelling, grammar and usage
-250-500 words
-please use 12 point font, Times New Roman

*refer to the rubric on the back side of the


page to see all of the criteria you will be
evaluated on

ENG3CI--Open Letter Assignment and Rubric

Level 4 (80-100%)
Thinking Argument and
tone

/10

Knowledge and
Understanding
-literary devices
/10
Communication
Mechanics and
Organization

/10

Level 3 (70-80%)

Level 2 (60-70%)

Level 1 (50-60%)

The proper tone to


persuade the target
audience is carefully
and successfully
developed in the letter

The letter is written using


an appropriate tone to
persuade the target
audience.

There is an attempt to use


the appropriate tone to
persuade the target
audience.

Only a few token


attempts are made at
finding the right tone.

The letters purpose is


clear and the analysis
of the supporting
evidence is insightful.

The letter is purposeful (ie)


it clearly states the purpose
and supports that purpose
with evidence.

The letter is purposeful,


but it is either not clearly
stated or not fully
supported with evidence.

The letter is either not


purposeful or has a very
limited amount of
evidence.

The letter demonstrates


an excellent
understanding of target
audience and how to
establish credibility
with him/her/them.

The letter demonstrates a


competent understanding
of target audience and how
to establish credibility with
him/her/them.

The letter demonstrates a


reasonable of
understanding target
audience and how to
establish credibility with
him/her/them

The letter demonstrates


a barely acceptable
understanding of target
audience and how to
establish credibility
with him/her/them.

-implements literary
devices with a high
degree of effectiveness

-implements literary
devices with considerable
effectiveness

-implements literary
devices with some
effectiveness

-implements literary
devices with limited
effectiveness

-includes 5 literary
devices

-includes 4 literary devices

-includes 3 literary
devices

-includes 1 or 2 literary
devices

There are basically no


mechanical errors
(spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, sentence
structure).

There are very few


mechanical errors
(spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, sentence
structure).

There are a few


mechanical errors
(spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, sentence
structure).

There are a number of


mechanical errors
(spelling, punctuation,
capitalization, sentence
structure).

The hook and


conclusion are clear
and thoughtful.

There is a clear hook and a


clear conclusion.

Either the hook or the


conclusion is somewhat
faulty.

Both the hook and


conclusion need a fair
bit of improvement in
each case.

The ideas progress


logically. Transitions
are varied and
appropriate.

There is also a logical


progression supported by
the use of transitions.

There is also a logical


progression supported by
the use of transitions.

The letter demonstrates


an excellent
understanding of
paragraph structure.

The letters demonstrate an


understanding of proper
paragraph structure.

The letters demonstrate


some understanding of
proper paragraph
structure.

Below Level
(below 50%)

Does not mee


requirements.

Either the order of ideas


is not logical or there is
no order.
The letters demonstrate
little understanding of
paragraph structure (eg)
it is all one paragraph.

-no literary
devices are
included

Does not mee


requirements.