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The Giver: Letter Assignment

Your final writing assignment for the unit will be to evaluate the concept of utopia. Instead of writing a typical essay, you will write a letter evaluating Jonas' community. You may write this letter to whomever you choose, however there must be a clear reason for the letter (don't write it to your family, unless they are interested in joining the community). Here are two examples which you may use if you choose: Write a letter from Jonas to the elders of the community. This letter should explain why you (Jonas) decided to leave the community. Write a persuasive letter to a different audience (assume the readers are contemplating joining a similar community). This letter should explain either why one should or shouldn't join the community. All letters should address the following: What were the goals of Jonas' community and did they reach them? What are some of the reasons to either live in or leave the community? And finally, what is your view of the concept of utopia in general? However you choose to write your letter and address these concerns, you must use text to support your reasoning. This letter will follow the business letter format which we used earlier this year and can be broken up into eight parts. Part One Part Two Letter Heading Introductory Statement this includes addresses, date, and salutations who you are and why you are writing this letter to this person or group explanation of communities goals, whether or not they reached them, topic sentences for each body paragraph and your thesis go in here state your first argument here and support it with an example from the text state your second argument here and support it with an example from the text state your third argument here and support it with an example from the text restate your thesis, review the explanations of why the community did or did not meet their goals and make a generalization about utopias-- good or bad a closing sentence, letter writer's name and signature

Part Three

Introduction to body

Part Four Part Five Part Six

Body Paragraph One Body Paragraph Two Body Paragraph Three

Part Seven

Concluding Statement

Part Eight

Letter Closing

The bulk of your letter is in parts 3 through 7; this will closely mirror a regular persuasive essay. Remember, you want to get the reader to see your point of view. If you are writing as Jonas, you want the elders to maybe even sympathize with him for having to run away. If you are convincing someone not to join the community, you need to make them realize why joining the community won't give them what they want. The letter is due Tuesday, March 18. Please bring in pre-writing on Monday, March 10 (we will have time in class to write) and something written for Tuesday, March 11 (we will peer edit and conference that day).

The Giver: Letter Assignment

The Letter Assignment is out of 30 points. There are 24 points available from the rubric below; the other 6 points will come from including your pre-writing, peer editing, quotes and this rubric with your final copy. You must include these sheets!! Please use the rubric while writing your letter to make sure you address all points.

Introductory Statement & Audience

Introduction & Thesis Statement

Body Paragraphs

Closing paragraph

Sequencing

4 ­ Above and Beyond! The audience is clearly defined in the introductory statement. The letter addresses the needs and concerns of that audience. The introduction clearly explains the goals of the community and addresses whether or not the community has succeeded. The thesis statement provides a clear, strong statement of the author's position on the topic. Includes 3 body paragraphs to support the thesis. The body paragraphs include evidence from the text. Relevant quotes are used to support the author's position. The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader solidly understanding the writer's position. The thesis is restated and a statement about utopias is made. Arguments and support are provided in a logical order that makes it easy and interesting to follow the author's train of thought.

3 ­ Good Job The audience is defined in the introductory statement. The letter mostly addresses the needs and concerns of that audience. The introduction lists the goals of the community and addresses whether or not the community has succeeded. The thesis statement provides a clear statement of the author's position on the topic.

2 ­ Almost Have It The audience is suggested in the introductory statement.

1 ­ Not Quite There There is no introductory statement and the author does not define the audience. The introduction does not address the goals of the community or its success. There is no thesis statement.

The introduction lists the goals of the community and but may not say whether the goals have been met. A thesis statement is present, but does not make the author's position clear. Includes body paragraphs to support the thesis. Some of the body paragraphs include evidence from the text and some relevant quotes are used. The conclusion restates the author's point of view, but may be missing a restated thesis or statement about utopias.

Includes 2 body paragraphs to support the thesis. The body paragraphs include evidence from the text. Relevant quotes are used to support the author's position. The conclusion leaves the reader understanding the writer's position. The thesis is restated and a statement about utopias is made. Arguments and support are provided in a fairly logical order that makes it reasonably easy to follow the author's train of thought.

Body paragraphs do not include evidence or quotes to support the author's position.

Author makes no errors in grammar, spelling or mechanics that distract Grammar etc. the reader from the content.

A few of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the letter a little confusing. Author makes several Author makes a few errors in grammar, errors in grammar, spelling or mechanics that spelling or mechanics that distract the reader distract the reader from from the content. the content.

The conclusion is missing or does not leave the reader with a clear understanding, restated thesis or statement about utopias. Many of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the letter confusing. Author demonstrates no attempts at proofreading and editing. Errors are frequent and very distracting.

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