BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Critical Essay of an Adirondack Novel
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Grade: 11th - 12th grade
Class: English Language Arts
Author: Terri Smith
Newcomb Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression
Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The Arts
Performance Indicators:

ELA Standard 3 - Critique a novel from a given perspective ELA Standard 2 - Read, analyze and evaluate a novel for effectiveness of literary element.

Keywords: process writing, novel
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How does the author use the Adirondack setting to enhance his/her novel?
The Challenge:

Use process writing to produce a five page literary, critical essay that analyzes the novel you have selected for effects of the setting.

Choose a novel in which a majority of the action takes place in the Adirondacks.

A peer who has read your novel but not thought about the setting is your audience.

You will be given minimal class time to read and write. Please plan to work outside of class.

Final copy due in four weeks.

Quality Standards:

Evidence of process writing (draft, revised copy, editor’s copy, final copy turned in)

Text quoted using MLA format

Minimal five pages types 10-12 point font, 1 inch margins

Includes clear thesis statement

Grade level, process writing qualities in: meaning, development, language use, organization, conventions

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Provides evidence of process writing (draft, revised copy, editor’s copy, final copy)

Text quoted using MLA format

Minimal five pages typed 10- 12 point font, 1 inch margins

 Includes clear thesis statement

Addresses the essential question

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