Sophomore Journals - "The Tempest"
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9-10th Grade
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Summarize Text (  )
Reading: Literature: Key Ideas and Details
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • - There's way too little detail here. Need a lot more work establishing the characters and the circumstances.
  • - Good start but we need more detail. Give the reader more of a sense of who the characters are (especially their attitude) and what's going on, the circumstances we find them in.
  • - Be sure to give at least a brief introduction for each character that you reference.
  • - Assume that the reader is not familiar with the text. You have to explain more about the circumstances the characters find themselves in for the summary to make sense.
  • - Good start but we need more detail. Give the reader more of a sense of who the characters are (especially their attitude) and what's going on, the circumstances we find them in.
  • - Gives us a pretty good sense of the characters and what they're like.
  • - Really nice summary of the circumstances and major events thus far.
  • - Really nice job establishing the characters and the circumstances. Excellent summary that explains the situation to someone who isn't familiar with the text.
Character Development & Impact (  )
Reading: Literature: Key Ideas and Details
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • - These are mostly just a few facts about the character. Be bolder, make some guesses, have an opinion.
  • - There's always some guesswork and interpretation when it comes to understanding characters. Push your thoughts a bit further and try to see the character as a real person.
  • - This seems like an overly simplistic view of the character. Think of these characters as real people who all see the world in slightly different ways.
  • - Some nice bits of opinion and interpretation here. Keep thinking it through and try to see the world through the character's eyes. What are they thinking? Why are they reacting the way they are?
  • - Nice reflection on the character. You're definitely seeing the events through the character's eyes.
  • - Really nice reflection on and insight into the character. Shows a strong understanding of the text with good attention to detail and subtle clues. Nice job seeing the character as a real person and seeing through their eyes.
Textual Evidence
Reading: Literature: Key Ideas and Details
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • - This excerpt doesn't seem to have any connection to what you're saying.
  • - I see what you're thinking, but I think there's a misinterpretation of what the text means.
  • - I see where you're going with this but can you go further in explaining how it fits into your interpretation?
  • - Strong selection of evidence that backs up your interpretation.
  • - Awesome evidence that really backs up your interpretation. That's exactly what I would have selected!
Text Decoding (  )
Reading: Literature: Craft and Structure
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
  • - Make sure you use the dictionary. A lot of the words are unfamiliar or are being used in unfamiliar ways.
  • - Decoding these passages takes work; it's not supposed to be super-easy. Break it down into chunks and do your best to understand each chunk, even if the whole is still a mystery.
  • - Continue to lean on the dictionary to help you out with the complex or unusual words.
  • - Attack the longer passages one piece at a time. It's too overwhelming to try to understand these all at once.
  • - Hey, great start here! Try breaking down the longer pieces into smaller chunks so you don't get overwhelmed. Keep working it one word or one short phrase at a time.
  • - Really nice effort here! You've mostly got it and certainly nailed the main ideas.
  • - Phenomenal text decoding. You really picked it apart and broke it down to its core pieces. Very strong interpretation.

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