Sunday, August 17, 2014

Journal Entries: 8/14-8/15 & Writer's Journal Rubric


"Don't let schooling interfere with your education." - Mark Twain

What is the purpose of school? Can you succeed without school? Why does/doesn't it matter?

Next, list 3-5 things you like and 3-5 things you dislike  about school.


"Happiness does not reside in possessions and gold, happiness dwells in the soul." -Democritus

What is your artifact? Where does it come from? What is the story behind it? Why is it significant?


Writer’s Journal Instructions and Rubric
Assignment Overview
Points: 25
Frequency: Weekly (Submitted on Fridays)
Type: Writing

1.      Write the date on the top right hand corner.  The date should be visible for each journal entry.
2.      Copy the journal prompt (quote, question, etc.) onto the first few lines of your page.
3.      Answer the journal by thoroughly addressing the specific question and prompt mentioned (See rubric for further journal expectations and requirements).
4.      Copy the week’s vocabulary on the first entry of the week (Monday).

The following instructions (5&6) only apply to English 10 Honors Students.

5.      Include at least one of the week’s vocabulary words into any of the journal entries.  Be sure to highlight the word when used.  Vocabulary not highlighted will not be counted.
6.      Make a specific connection to a personal story, an historical event, a current event, a literary reference, another class (math, science, foreign language, etc.), or popular culture (movies, music, art, etc.).
Students will receive points for all journal entries, but, due to time constrictions, only one assignment will be graded. Depending on which journal entry sparked the liveliest discussion, the teacher will only spotlight one entry for grading. The rest will be counted as credit towards the total score.

Point Breakdown
·         Other Entries                           5 Points
·         Spotlighted Entry                   20 Points
o   Formatting: Does the journal entry follow the instructions listed?
o   Cohesiveness: Are the ideas linked with the appropriate connectives? Does it flow from sentence to sentence?
o   Overall Structure: Does the entry use a variety of sentence patterns? Do the sentences vary? Are ideas organized a certain way?
o   Content: Does the entry thought-fully answer the prompt? Does it add to the discussion by raising any additional questions? Does it take a stance? Does it effectively explain something?
o   Vocabulary: Does the entry attempt to use a variety of words that are grade appropriate?  Are they trying to expand their vocabulary?

*Because these are in-class assignments, grammar and spelling will not be a factor.  However, this exception is subject to change if problems persist.

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