12th GRADE ENGLISH PROJECT ESSAYESSAY ABOUT THESE TWO TOPICS:Who is to blame for the downfall of Macbeth?What attitudes or values did the authors have in their poems that express the theme “carpe diem”?
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ENGH 043 060 Twelfth Grade English 1
Be sure to include ALL pages of this project (including the directions and the assignment)
when you send the project to your teacher for grading. Don’t forget to put your name and I.D.
number at the top of this page!
Project 3 is worth 100 points. It is worth 12 percent of your course grade. For this project, you will
complete the question in Part A and the question in Part B. Please review the appendix in this
course for more about thesis statements, paragraphs, MLA style, and conventions before you
begin this project. The rubrics are provided so you know how you will be graded and what is
required. Please look over them as well as reading the comments under each choice. Essays should
be 600 words. If you choose the video option in Part A, it should be about 5 minutes. Complete Part
A and Part B of your project in the places indicated in this document (scroll down).
Part A
Who is to blame for the downfall of Macbeth?
As you consider this question, think about Macbeth as a tragic hero. Was he to blame for his own
destruction, or did persons and/or events manipulate him and cause his end? Consider all who
influenced and manipulated Macbeth. Consider the type of person he was and what his motivation
was to act as he did. Who was the real cause of his problems? Discuss all aspects mentioned here
as you seek to answer that question.
Written Essay Option
You may answer the question for Part A by writing a 600 word essay. You may research the issue
from an outside source, but then be sure to include a proper MLA Works Cited page and in-line
citation (see the appendix for more on these).
Speech Option
You may answer the question for Part A by recording a five-minute video presentation in which you
give a speech. The speech will be graded with the same rubric as the essay, including conventions
in style, sentence structure, and grammar.
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Part A will be graded according to the following rubric. Point breakdown is:
Thesis Statement:
Ideas / Content:
Organization:
Language and Style:
10 points possible
10 points possible
10 points possible
5 points possible
10
Thesis
Statement
Ideas/
Content
Organization
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Sentence Fluency:
5 points possible
Conventions:
5 points possible
Citations:
5 points possible
Total points possible:
50
6
4
2
0
Thesis
statement is
very clear and
clearly
addresses the
posed
question.
Thesis
statement is
clear and
generally
answers the
posed
question.
Thesis is
unclear, but
a main idea
is generally
present and
on topic.
Thesis
statement is
unclear, and
main idea is
not clearly on
topic.
Thesis
statement is
unclear, and
main idea is
off topic.
Thesis
statement is
missing and
main idea is
unclear.
Details are
clear, specific,
and
accurately
summarize
the text.
Support of the
thesis is clear.
Details are
accurate and
summarize
the text.
Support of
the thesis is
apparent.
Details are
present and
give a
general idea
of the text.
Some
connections
to the thesis
are present.
Details are
vague and
do not give a
clear
summary of
the text.
Support of
the thesis is
lacking.
Details are
confusing and
do not
summarize
the text. There
is almost no
connection to
the thesis.
No details from
the text. No
connection to
the thesis.
Effective order
of detail with
transitions
connecting
ideas. Welldeveloped
intro, body,
and
conclusion
and solid use
of paragraphs.
Strong order
with some
transitions.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion
are all
developed
and
paragraphs
generally
used
correctly.
Attempts to
organize with
weak
transitions.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion
are not fully
developed,
and
paragraphs
are
attempted.
Lacking
organization
with few to
no transition.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion
are not
developed or
might be
missing and
paragraphs
are incorrect.
Disorganized
and confusing
with no
apparent
transition.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion are
not identifiable
and
paragraphs
are lacking.
Organization is
not attempted
and no
transitions are
apparent.
Missing intro,
body, or
conclusion and
no paragraphs
are used.
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1
0
Language and
Style (Word
Choice/Voice)
Words chosen
clearly
communicate
meaning and
thoughts.
Vocabulary is
accurate,
natural, and
appropriate.
Style is
unique and
appropriate.
Words chosen
communicate
meaning and
thoughts.
Vocabulary is
sufficient for
communicating
ideas. Style is
natural.
Words chosen
are general in
communication
of meaning and
thoughts.
Vocabulary,
while perhaps
accurate, is not
clearly
followed. Style
is attempted
and successful
at times.
Words may be
confusing at
times.
Vocabulary
might be
overdone or
too basic.
Style is
unnatural.
Words
chosen are
confusing
throughout.
Vocabulary
may be
unnatural or
distracting.
Style is
lacking
originality.
Words
have no
meaning.
There is no
style.
Sentence
Fluency
Sentences are
smooth and
easy to read.
Varied in
length and
structure
throughout.
Sentences are
easy to read.
Varied in length
and structure at
times.
Sentences are
sometimes
awkward.
Lacking in a
variety of
length or
structure.
Sentences are
often difficult
to read.
Choppy or run
together
sentences are
noticeable.
Sentences
are difficult
to read.
Choppy or
run together
sentences
to the point
of
distraction.
Sentences
contain
such lack
of fluency
that it is
challenging
to read for
understanding.
Conventions
(spelling,
punctuation,
capitalization,
grammar,
including
titles!)
No glaring
errors.
Readability
seems
flawless.
If errors are
present, they
do not distract
the reader.
Occasional
errors, but not
too distracting.
Frequent
errors affect
the
readability.
Numerous
errors are
distracting
throughout
and make
the text hard
to read.
So many
errors it
cannot be
read for
understanding.
Citations and
Works Cited
page (as
needed)
Follows MLA
format
correctly. Inline citations
and Works
Cited page
done
correctly.
Follows MLA
format with few
errors.
Citations and
Works cited
page are used
as needed with
few errors.
Follows MLA
format, with
some errors.
Attempted
citations and
Works Cited
page but
contains errors.
Does not use
MLA format.
Citations and
Works Cited
page contain
many errors.
Does not
follow MLA
style.
Missing
citations
and Works
Cited page
information.
No
citations
and no
Works
Cited page.
Total Score out of 50 possible points:
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Essay Option
Begin typing here (delete directions for speech option).
Speech Option
Record your speech and save it, using the course number, your name, and the project and part in
the filename:
ENGH043060_Your_Name_Here_Project3_PartA.wmv
You may upload your presentation to YouTube. To protect your safety, select the UNLISTED
privacy setting for your video. (This means that your video will not appear in any search of You
Tube, but people who have the URL can watch it. Refer to the SAFETY information on You Tube’s
homepage for more information.)
Copy and paste the URL for your video into the table on the next page of this project assignment
document (scroll down).
If you do not have a YouTube Account, use the UNHS Dropbox. (The DropBox is password
protected and NOT available to the public.)
1. Access the high school DropBox. To access the DropBox, use the navigation panel on
your course management system (Waycool) homepage.
2. Click “Browse” to select your file. (A new “Browse” button will appear after you have
selected your file. Disregard it. This feature of the DropBox is for projects in which
students need to submit more than one file.)
3. Click “Begin Upload.”
4. Wait until a message appears on your screen saying “Your Upload is Complete.” This
message will provide a URL to your file so it can be viewed online.
5. Copy the URL and paste it into the table on the next page of this project assignment
document (scroll down). Be sure to copy your URL before you close the DropBox
upload page.
NOTE: If you experience difficulty or long delays in uploading, you may need to compress
your video file. Recommended freeware programs for compression are:
http://www.zamzar.com/
When you have uploaded your video (either to YouTube or the DropBox), complete the table on
the next page. Then go on to Part B of this project.
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Name of Student
Title of Speech
URL link to your speech
Citations for any outside
sources used (in proper
MLA format)
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Part B: Essay
What attitudes or values did the authors have in their poems that express the theme “carpe
diem”?
Choose two poems from the course that express the theme of “carpe diem.” With these poems as a
starting point, talk about what “carpe diem” means and what attitudes and values the authors who
wrote such poems express. Be sure to summarize each poem to clearly show the theme and
discuss what this might say about the attitude of each author.
Part B will be graded according to the following rubrics. Point breakdown is:
Thesis Statement:
Ideas / Content:
Organization:
Language and Style:
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10 points possible
10 points possible
10 points possible
5 points possible
Sentence Fluency:
5 points possible
Conventions:
5 points possible
Citations:
5 points possible
Total points possible:
50
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6
4
2
0
Thesis
statement is
very clear and
clearly
addresses the
posed
question.
Thesis
statement is
clear and
generally
answers the
posed
question.
Thesis is
unclear, but
a main idea
is generally
present and
on topic.
Thesis
statement is
unclear, and
main idea is
not clearly on
topic.
Thesis
statement is
unclear, and
main idea is
off topic.
Thesis
statement is
missing and
main idea is
unclear.
Ideas/
Content
Details are
clear, specific,
and
accurately
summarize
the text.
Support of the
thesis is clear.
Details are
accurate and
summarize
the text.
Support of
the thesis is
apparent.
Details are
present and
give a
general idea
of the text.
Some
connections
to the thesis
are present.
Details are
vague and
do not give a
clear
summary of
the text.
Support of
the thesis is
lacking.
Details are
confusing and
do not
summarize
the text. There
is almost no
connection to
the thesis.
No details from
the text. No
connection to
the thesis.
Organization
Effective order
of detail with
transitions
connecting
ideas. Welldeveloped
intro, body,
and
conclusion
and solid use
of paragraphs.
Strong order
with some
transitions.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion
are all
developed
and
paragraphs
generally
used
correctly.
Attempts to
organize with
weak
transitions.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion
are not fully
developed,
and
paragraphs
are
attempted.
Lacking
organization
with few to
no transition.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion
are not
developed or
might be
missing and
paragraphs
are incorrect.
Disorganized
and confusing
with no
apparent
transition.
Intro, body,
and
conclusion are
not identifiable
and
paragraphs
are lacking.
Organization is
not attempted
and no
transitions are
apparent.
Missing intro,
body, or
conclusion and
no paragraphs
are used.
Thesis
Statement
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5
4
3
2
1
0
Language and
Style (Word
Choice/Voice)
Words chosen
clearly
communicate
meaning and
thoughts.
Vocabulary is
accurate,
natural, and
appropriate.
Style is
unique and
appropriate.
Words chosen
communicate
meaning and
thoughts.
Vocabulary is
sufficient for
communicating
ideas. Style is
natural.
Words chosen
are general in
communication
of meaning and
thoughts.
Vocabulary,
while perhaps
accurate, is not
clearly
followed. Style
is attempted
and successful
at times.
Words may be
confusing at
times.
Vocabulary
might be
overdone or
too basic.
Style is
unnatural.
Words
chosen are
confusing
throughout.
Vocabulary
may be
unnatural or
distracting.
Style is
lacking
originality.
Words
have no
meaning.
There is no
style.
Sentence
Fluency
Sentences are
smooth and
easy to read.
Varied in
length and
structure
throughout.
Sentences are
easy to read.
Varied in length
and structure at
times.
Sentences are
sometimes
awkward.
Lacking in a
variety of
length or
structure.
Sentences are
often difficult
to read.
Choppy or run
together
sentences are
noticeable.
Sentences
are difficult
to read.
Choppy or
run together
sentences
to the point
of
distraction.
Sentences
contain
such lack
of fluency
that it is
challenging
to read for
understanding.
Conventions
(spelling,
punctuation,
capitalization,
grammar,
including
titles!)
No glaring
errors.
Readability
seems
flawless.
If errors are
present, they
do not distract
the reader.
Occasional
errors, but not
too distracting.
Frequent
errors affect
the
readability.
Numerous
errors are
distracting
throughout
and make
the text hard
to read.
So many
errors it
cannot be
read for
understanding.
Citations and
Works Cited
page (as
needed)
Follows MLA
format
correctly. Inline citations
and Works
Cited page
done
correctly.
Follows MLA
format with few
errors.
Citations and
Works cited
page are used
as needed with
few errors.
Follows MLA
format, with
some errors.
Attempted
citations and
Works Cited
page but
contains errors.
Does not use
MLA format.
Citations and
Works Cited
page contain
many errors.
Does not
follow MLA
style.
Missing
citations
and Works
Cited page
information.
No
citations
and no
Works
Cited page.
Total Score out of 50 possible points:
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