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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Process Essay

Standards met for this assignment:

Literary Response Standard 3.5 Students analyze recognized works of American literature.

English 11

Writing Standard 1.3 Students structure ideas and arguments in a sustained, persuasive, and sophisticated way and support them with precise and relevant examples.

Conventions Standard 1.1 Students demonstrate control of grammar, diction, paragraph and sentence structure and an understanding and an understanding of English usage. Standard 1.3 Students use MLA appropriate manuscript requirements in writing.

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Writing Prompts:

1. Death of the American Dream. Explain how the novel does or does not demonstrate the death

of the American Dream. Is the main theme of Gatsby indeed “the withering American Dream”?

2. Character Analysis. Create an in-depth analysis of one of the characters in the story. Trace

the trends through characters, events, and symbolism.

4. The stratification of social classes. Fitzgerald’s story shows the clear delineations between different social/ economic classes: new money/ old money, “the haves”/ “the have -nots.” How are readers to interpret his comments on each of these groups? Does he hold any one group above the other? Are there ways in which people of all groups are alike? How are these ideas shown in the text and what message do they ultimately convey?

5. Hollowness of the Upper Class. Discuss how the novel exemplifies the

dehumanizing/corrupting nature of wealth (consider examining characters, plot, symbols, etc.). Consider doing a Marxist interpretation. Or, more generally, explain the theme of the corruption of people and society through an examination of characters in the novel who are corrupt.

6. Passage Analysis. Do a close reading of a passage of your choosing, explaining the passage in

light of the entire novel. *Note: the passage must be approved by me first!

Example: In reference to Tom and Daisy, Nick remarks, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy; they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (180-181). Explain this passage in light of the entire novel.

7. Cultural Relevance. Is The Great Gatsby an outdated novel, or is it still relevant today? How

does our current day society relate to this story, and what, if anything, can we learn from Fitzgerald’s story?

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Rubric

English 11

 

4 - Advanced

3 - Proficient

2 - Basic

1 - Below Basic

Conclusion

Adresses all 3 aspects of what

Addresses all 3 aspects

Superficially addresses all aspects of a conclusion.

Fails to incorporate aspects of a proper conclusion.

needs to be in a conclusion paragraph.

Answers the “So What?” question but does not leave the reader with a sufficient lingering thought.

Leaves the reader with a lingering thought that actually makes them linger in thought. Relates content of the essay and tells why they matter.

Fails to fully relate why the content of the essay is relevant or leave the reader with any lingering thought.

 

Organization

       

and Structure

Thoroughly develops complex topic(s) with relevant body paragraphs, building on preceding information

Develops complex topic(s) with relevant body paragraphs, building on preceding information

Superficially develops topic(s) with relevant body paragraphs, building on preceding information

Inadequately develops topic(s) with minimal body paragraphs, building on some preceding information

Creates cohesion and clarifies relationships through skillful use of transition/ linking words, phrases, and clauses within or between paragraphs and sections

Creates cohesion and clarifies relationships through transition/linking words, phrases, and clauses within or between paragraphs and sections

Creates some cohesion and clarifies relationships through transition/ linking words, phrases, and clauses within or between paragraphs and sections

Uses limited or inappropriate transition/ linking words, phrases, and clauses

Uses few techniques (e.g., headings, charts) to inadequately organize ideas, concepts, and information to aid comprehension

Purposefully and logically uses a variety of techniques (e.g., headings, charts) to organize ideas, concepts, and information to aid comprehension

Uses a variety of techniques (e.g., headings, charts) to organize ideas, concepts, and information to aid comprehension

Uses some techniques (e.g., headings, charts) to adequately organize ideas, concepts and information to aid comprehension

Development

Skillfully provides substantial and pertinent evidence to develop the topic appropriate to audience

Provides sufficient and relevant evidence to develop the topic appropriate to audience

Provides limited and/or superficial evidence to develop the topic appropriate to audience

Provides minimal and/or irrelevant evidence to develop the topic appropriate to audience

and Evidence

Effectively integrates and cites credible sources*

Competently integrates and cites credible sources*

Ineffectively integrates and cites sources*

Incorrectly integrates or cites sources*

Shows insightful understanding of topic or text

Shows competent understanding of topic or text

Shows superficial understanding of topic or text

Shows limited or flawed understanding of topic or text

Language

Uses purposeful and varied sentence structure

Uses correct and varied sentence structure

Uses correct and varied sentence structure

Uses limited and/or repetitive sentence structure

Contains minimal to no errors in conventions (grammar,

Contains few, minor errors in conventions

Contains few, minor errors in conventions

Contains numerous errors in

punctuation, spelling, capitalization)

Competently uses figurative language

Effectively uses figurative language

Effectively uses figurative language

conventions which cause confusion

Inadequately uses figurative language

5/10/2019

Gatbsy Essay - Prompt and Rubric - Google Docs

English 11