9th Lit: Persuasive Essay Rubric and Resources

Part 1: With the members of your group, please analyze your assigned rubric and answer the questions below on the front of your poster. You will need team members in the following roles:

Driver     Recorder     Reader    Reporter

Argumentative Rubric

Informational Rubric

Narrative Rubric

  1. How many points is your writing scored out of?
  2. Look at the highest scoring section on your rubric. Which subpoint is most important for you to be successful on this task?
  3. What skills from class this semester are important you to be successful?
  4. What minor issues could you get away with on this task and still get a good score.

Part 2: With your group, please select a mystery prompt and analyze it using the Issue-Task-Audience Method below. Record your findings on the back of your poster.

Mystery Prompt 1

Mystery Prompt 2

Mystery Prompt 3

Mystery Prompt 4

Analyzing a writing prompt (1)



9th Lit: EXTRA CREDIT!!! Shakespearean Sonnet Project

Notes: Sonnets

Point Value: 30 writing points.

Criteria: Your sonnet must have all of the following criteria.


  • Must describe an ironic situation (4 points).
  • Must satisfy the criteria for a Shakespearean Sonnet (12 points).
    • 14 lines
    • Proper Rhyme Scheme – ABABCDCDEFEFGG
    • Iambic Pentameter – 10 syllables per line
  • Must include at least 3 of the following pieces of figurative language. Please make these devices stand out (12 points).
    • Alliteration
    • Onomatopoeia
    • Metaphor
    • Simile
    • Allusion
    • Personification
    • Imagery
    • Oxymoron
    • Pun
    • Hyperbole
  • Must be typed on blog (2 points)



9th Lit: Unit 3 Vocabulary Concept Cubes

Using the list of vocabulary you just gathered, grab a cube pattern from the front of room and follow the directions below:

  • Before folding, students write clearly in each square following directions below.
  • Choose one challenging vocabulary word from the list and complete the following task on a desired side of the cube:
    • Write the assigned vocabulary word in one square.
    • Write a synonym and antonym (word or phrase) in one square.
    • Write the definition in another square.
    • Write a category or categories it could belong to.
    • Draw a visual word association.
    • Write an original example.
  •  Cut, fold, and tape the cube!

9th Lit: “Defining Style” Unit Vocabulary Memory Aide

I think we all agree that test-taking is a difficult process. In order to combat some of these issues, we will be creating memory aides to help you out during instances when you get stuck. These memory aides will be posted around the room and serve as reminders throughout class time. They will also serve as a review of prior knowledge for literary devices.

  1. Select a vocabulary term from the list below:
  • Symbol, Figurative Language, Literal Language, Irony, Allusion, Tone, Situational Irony, Daramatic Irony, Verbal Irony, Biography, Autobiography, Main Idea, Mood, Claim, Counterclaim, Rhetorical Appeals, Logos, Pathos, Ethos, Theme
  1. Using a piece of construction paper, complete the following on the back:
  • Print the definition of your literary term (5 points – language).
  1. On the front of your construction paper, complete the following:
  • Neatly, please print your first and last name (5 points writing)
  • Print three keywords from the definition in the area surrounding the symbol (5 points – Speaking and Listening)
  • Neatly (and preferably largely) draw a symbol you have chosen that represents one of the keywords from your definition (5 points – Writing)
  • Write three original examples that demonstrates the use of this term. (5 points – writing)

Bonus: Include examples that feature characters from The Most Dangerous Game and The Cask of Amontillado receive extra credit.

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