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Authentic Task #2

Content Standard I. A. 2: Analyze how power affects the relationships among


characters in a text
Content Standard I. A. 3: Analyze the indirect characterization of characters in a
text
Content Standard I. A. 4: Analyze the motivation of characters in a text
Content Standard I. E. 2: Employs a pattern of organization in written work
Content Standard I. E. 4: Analyzes evidence effectively
Content Standard I. E. 6: Uses appropriate writing formats: formal letter, diary,
essay
Content Standard I. E. 8: Uses a variety of sentence structures avoiding
fragments and run-on sentences
Content Standard I. E. 11: Demonstrates correct grammar, usage, and mechanics

Task: You are Portia, Brutuss wife. You are very concerned about your husband
and his recent behavior. You tried to talk to him (Act II scene 1), but he
wouldnt discuss his problem with you. He promised he would talk with you
later, but you are skeptical. Write a letter to Dear Abby briefly describing
your relationship with Brutus and asking for advice about how to approach
him with your concerns about his current behavior and its impact on your
marriage. Be sure to include three of your observations about Brutus and
explain why they trouble you.

Criteria for Portias letter

Provides Portias view of her relationship with Brutus (examples of indirect


characterization)
Describes three specific behaviors/events which concern Portia in detail
Explains the reasons why Portia is upset by each behavior/event specifically
Solicits help from Dear Abby
Well organized
Proper letter format
Variety of sentence structures
Free of errors in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization

Rubric
Portias Letter to Dear Abby

Excellent

Criteria:

4-5 Points

Content

2-3 points

Poor

0-1 points

Multiple examples of

Some examples of

Few examples of

characterization to

characterization to

characterization to

Provides Portias

indirect

character (indirect

describe Portias

view of Brutuss

Good

indirect

describe Portias

indirect

describe Portias

view of Brutus

view of Brutus

view of Brutus

Describes three

Three specific and

Three

Less than three

behaviors/events

behaviors/events

mentioned but not

which concern Portia

characterization)

X2

clearly described

specific

behaviors/events

behaviors/events

which concern Portia

which concern Portia

thoroughly described

included in the letter

Explains the reasons

Clear and specific

Explanations for

Explanations for

why Portia is upset

explanations for each

behaviors/events are

behaviors/events

behavior/event

upset Portia

general and/or

and/or unclear

X2

by each

behavior/event that

X2
Requests help from
Dear Abby

present but may be

are incomplete

unclear
Letter makes a clear

Letter makes a

Request for help

Dear Abby in a

Dear Abby

missing or unclear

request for help from


creative and

interesting way

request for help from

from Dear Abby is

Criteria:

Excellent

Good

Poor

4-5 points

2-3 points

0-1 points

Writing Skills
Uses an effective

Clear and effective

Pattern of

Weak sense of

organization

organization evident

evident, but has some

letter

pattern of

pattern of

organization is

organization in the

throughout the letter

flaws or

Follows the correct

Correct use of all

Correct use of most

Incorrect use of two

letter

formal letter: return

formal letter, one or

the formal letter:

format for formal

elements of the
address, inside

address, greeting,
and closing

Uses a variety of

sentence structures

inconsistencies

elements of the
two minor flaws
possible

or more elements of

return address, inside


address, greeting,
and/or closing

(3 points)

(2 points)

(1 point)

Sentence structures

Sentences use some

Sentences use little

A few errors in

Many errors in

and capitalization

and capitalization

are varied and

variety

variety

effective

Demonstrates

No errors in spelling,

punctuation, and

capitalization

correct spelling,
capitalization

punctuation, and

spelling, punctuation,

Comments:
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spelling, punctuation,