The paper moves smoothly from one idea to the next and uses transition words and subtle transitions to show relationships between ideas.
The paper moves from one idea to the next, but may lack or misuse transition words to show relationships between ideas.
Transitions may be missing; connections between ideas are fuzzy or illogical.
Grammar & Spelling, Conventions
Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content.
Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes several errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Overall score: _____/100
COMPARE & CONTRAST ESSAY Write an essay that compares and contrasts “The Outsiders” to three additional texts (provided). Concentrate on key aspects such as theme, character analysis/voice, main idea, author’s purpose, and expression/explication of figurative language. Your essay should give your reader a new understanding and a deeper analytical view of the selected texts.
Selections to Compare to “The Outsiders”
50 Years of West Side Story: the real Gangs of New York by Paul Kendall
The essay must be clearly organized.
Include a minimum of three points of compare/contrast (using each additional text) with paraphrasing, explanations and direct quotes.
Focus on smooth transitional words and sentences that help illuminate and connect the relationships between ideas.
At this point in the year, the expectation is an error-free essay.
Type your paper in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1” margins. Minimum two pages in length.
Turn in only your final copy and graphic organizer.
VALUE: 100 POINTS ASSIGNED: 4/20/15 DUE: 4/28/15
Late papers are reduced by one letter grade per day.
Point-by-Point (five paragraph format)
Introduction and background information on The Outsiders and three additional texts. Thesis statement should be the last sentence of introductory paragraph and should include the names of the texts and the three points to be compared and contrasted.