Childhood Memory Paper

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird recounts many of Scout’s memories from the time she was six to approximately nine years of age.  For this expository essay, you will need to choose one memory from when you were a child—pre-school through elementary school.  The story should be a time when you learned a valuable lesson or a time that changed your life in a significant way.

The Requirements:

  • The memory must be a significant one—if you are struggling with finding one within these age restrictions, please let me know.
  • The first paragraph must set up, or introduce, the story.  Be sure to give any necessary background information in this paragraph.  Include the setting (time and place). 
  • The last paragraph should not be a part of the “story,” but rather a place for you to respond or comment on your memory.  If you learned an important lesson from the episode, this is where you explain what you learned or how it affected your life.
  • I will consider all of the 6+1 writing traits as I grade your paper.  I will be paying special attention to the following four traits of the 6+1 writing traits system: ideas, organization, word choice and voice.
  • If you are still confused as to what I am looking for in this paper, re-read chapter 3 in To Kill a Mockingbird.  It is a good example of what I am looking for in this assignment.

Specifically:

  • worth 100 points
  • 300-400 words
  • Typed, 12 point, Times New Roman font…neatness always counts!
  • All paragraphs should be five sentences or more in length
  • Title your essay
  • Your story must contain some dialogue.  Be sure to use correct punctuation.
  • Be sure to be consistently writing on this memory paper so you can turn your paper on the specified date!

Rubric for Paper

This concept is worth 20% of your grade on this assignment.

 

 

IDEAS The topic is narrow and manageable.  Relevant, telling, quality details go beyond the obvious.  Reasonably accurate details.  Writing from knowledge or experience; ideas are fright and original.  Reader’s questions are anticipated and answered.  Insightful.

  • Creative/Unique belief statement
  • Belief statement is strong and obvious

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ideas not developed, insight unclear

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3

 

somewhat developed, needs more

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5

 

fully developed

 

 

 

_____/20

This concept is worth 20% of your grade on this assignment.

ORGANIZATION An inviting introduction draws the reader in; a satisfying conclusion leaves the reader with a sense of closure and resolution.  Thoughtful transitions; sequencing is logical and effective; pacing is well controlled; the title is original; flows so smoothly the reader hardly thinks about it.

  • Story or experiences are thoughtfully set up
  • Belief statement is thoughtfully integrated throughout

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cannot follow

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3

 

can follow, but could be improved

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5

 

ideal flow

 

 

 

_____/20

This concept is worth 20% of your grade on this assignment.

VOICE Uses topic, details, & language to strongly connect with the audience.  Purpose is reflected by content and arrangement of ideas.  Expository or persuasive reflects understanding and commitment to topic.  Narrative writing is honest, personal, and engaging.

  • Individual voice is true to the student’s personality
  • Individual voice is always present and never absent

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flat

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3

 

safe

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5

 

know the person by the writing

 

 

_____/20

This concept is worth 10% of your grade on this assignment.

SENTENCE FLUENCY Sentences enhance the meaning.  Sentences vary in length as well as structure; purposeful & varied sentence beginnings; creative & appropriate connectives; the writing has cadence.

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not a variety of sentences

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3

 

some variety; does not flow

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5

 

has rhythm and flows

 

 

_____/10

This concept is worth 10% of your grade on this assignment.

WORD CHOICE Words are specific and accurate.  Striking words and phrases; natural, effective & appropriate language; lively verbs, specific nouns & modifiers; language enhances & clarifies meaning; precision is obvious.

  • Wording is appropriate and adaptable to the appropriate audience

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inappropriate or below grade level

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3

somewhat below grade level

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5

appropriate to grade level

 

_____/10

This concept is worth 10% of your grade on this assignment.

CONVENTIONS Spelling is generally correct.  Punctuation is accurate; capitalization skills are present; grammar & usage are correct; paragraphing tends to be sound; the writer may manipulate conventions for stylistic effect; and it works!

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major editing needed

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3

some editing needed

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5

minor editing needed

 

_____/10

This concept is worth 10% of your grade on this assignment.

PRESENTATION Presentation is attractive, effective, & appropriate.  It is balanced, easy on the eye; devices (bold-face, italics, underlining, font style/size) enhance; use of graphics help reader interpret; text is free of errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, paragraphing, capitalization.

  • Double-spaced
  • Correct heading and header

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visual appearance detracts

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3

 

visually appropriate

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5

 

visually attractive

 

 

 

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