2016-2017 · Announcements · English 1 · English 2 · Homework · Marking Period 4 · Performance Tasks

English 1 & 2: ROUGH DRAFTS DUE 5/22 (A) & 5/23 (B)

Hello everyone!

The rough draft of your M4 performance task is due on Monday, 5/22 (A) & Tuesday, 5/23 (B).

Each class will be conducting peer reviews. Your rough draft counts toward your final performance task grade and your participation in peer review will be graded as double classwork.

Please bring a PRINTED copy of your paper to class. Contact me if you do not have access to a printer.

Also, I sent out an email about MLA formatting. Please be sure to check that email and follow the instructions.

Contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great day,

Mrs. Wasley

2016-2017 · English 1 · Marking Period 4 · Performance Tasks

English 1: M4 Performance Task – Written Speech

For Marking Period 4, your task is to compose and deliver a written speech that uses the rhetorical elements and techniques we have discussed in class. Your speech should persuade your audience toward a specific position on a topic that you find interesting.

Requirements: You will need to include the following in your written speech:

  • SOAPSTone elements
  • Ethos, pathos, and logos
  • Personal narrative
  • Researched information (with sources) to support the points you are making
  • Appropriate word choice (diction) appropriate for your intended audience
  • Diction techniques: (choose 2: parallel structure, anaphora, and/or polysyndeton)

Presentation: After you have written your speech, you must present it to the class in some format. You may simply read your speech, use a multimedia approach (like the TED Talks we have seen), or record an audio/film version to share with the class.

See the Google Doc for the complete guidelines.

Your final speech is due Thursday, 5/31 (A) and Friday, 6/1 (B)

2016-2017 · English 2 · Marking Period 4 · Performance Tasks

English 2: M4 Performance Task – Sci-Fi Comparative Analysis

For Marking Period 4, your task is to compose a comparative analysis that addresses one of the following prompts.

A. Is there hope in a post-apocalyptic world? Use evidence from The Road and at least one other text. Think about instances in the texts where the reader may glimpse how hope can exist in a post-apocalyptic world.

B. What are rules of humanity and to what extent are they followed in a post-apocalyptic world? Use evidence from The Road and at least one other text. Include examples from both texts that reveal how the rules are followed and how humanity is breaking down.
Note: Although you must use The Road as one text in your speech, you can choose to use “Wall-E” AND/OR a text not studied in class. This text can be another novel, short story, poem, movie, television show, video game, or another type of media. Remember: Your examples from both texts must be SPECIFIC. You must use MLA formatting when citing each text both in-line and in your Works Cited page.

See the Google Doc for the complete guidelines.

Your final paper is due Thursday, 5/31.

2016-2017 · English 1 · Marking Period 3 · Performance Tasks · Projects

English 1: Unit 3 Performance Task

Argumentative Essay: Evaluating Independence

Write an argument of judgment essay evaluating the degree to which Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets the definition of independence. To what extent can he be characterized as independent, interdependent, or dependent?

Remember to:

  • Analyze how a complex character develops over the course of a text.
  • Remember to include the STEAL elements in your character analysis.
  • Explain to the ways in which the character meets/does not meet the criteria of independence.
  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support claims about the character.
  • Use words, phrases, and clauses to link major sections of a text, create cohesion, and clarify relationships between ideas.

Your paper should include the following:

  • At least 3 pieces of evidence from the text.
  • Each piece of evidence must have 1 well connected warrant supported by backing.
  • Each piece of evidence should be supported by at least 2 properly cited quotes from the text.
  • There must be an introduction, conclusion, and body paragraphs.
  • Remember the AXES paragraph format!
  • Approximately 3-4 pages in length
  • MLA Formatting: 12 pt. font; Times New Roman, Arial, or Helvetica. Double spaced. 1 in. margins.


  • Due Date: 3/9 (A) & 3/10 (B): Outline (graphic organizer), begin first draft.
  • Due Date: 3/17 (A) & 3/20 (B): Finish first draft, self-assessment using the Unit Performance Task Rubric.
  • Due Date: 3/23 (A) & 3/24 (B): Peer review, in-class writing conferences.
  • Due Friday, 3/31: Final essay (printed and handed in to the Homework bin.