ENGH 044 061 Twelfth Grade English 2

Project 3

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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 choose one of the following options. Rubrics are provided so you know how you will be graded and what is required. Please look over the rubrics as well as reading the comments they provide. Also, review the appendix in this course for more about writing essays, thesis statements, paragraphs, MLA style, and conventions.

Essays should be 1,200 words. To submit your project, read the directions following the rubric.

Essay, Option 1

Between the end of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, a new form of literature known as Modernism emerged. In an essay, discuss how Modernism differed from earlier literary styles and how writers incorporated this new style into their writings. Use at least one of the works from Unit 5 in your discussion of Modernist literature. Make sure to quote specific lines and analyze them to support your arguments.

Essay, Option 2


Comparing a Literary Work to Today’s Society

You will compare a literary work or works you have read in this course to some aspect of today’s society. Discuss how the idea(s) in the literary work(s) apply to a situation or event in modern society. You may focus on social, political, or philosophic matters, but you should show how the author’s ideas are still meaningful, and what they say about the situation / event you are discussing. You should use at least one source in addition to your course materials in your discussion of the modern event (website, news video/broadcast, newspaper, book, journal article, etc.). Be sure to cite all materials used correctly and include a “Works Cited” page. If you completed Option 2 for Project 2, make sure to select a different literary work for this project.

With Option 2, you can complete it as a written essay or as a speech:

Written Essay Option

Answer the question for Option 2 by writing a 1,200 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

Answer the question for Option 2 by recording a seven-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.

If you choose to do the speech option, YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT ONLINE. Go to the online version of your course and use the navigation panel to access the directions for Project 3.


This project will be graded according to the following rubrics. Grading criteria are as important for the multimedia option as for the essay option. Point breakdown is:

Thesis Statement:        20 points possible                    Sentence Fluency:       10 points possible

Ideas / Content:           20 points possible                    Conventions:               10 points possible

Organization:               20 points possible                    Citations:                      10 points possible

Language and Style:    10 points possible                    Total points possible:            100


  20 16 12 8 4 0
Thesis Statement





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.













Effective order of detail with transitions connecting ideas. Well-developed 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.



  10 8 6 4 2 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 under-standing.
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 under-standing.
Citations and Works Cited page (as needed)




Follows MLA format correctly. In-line 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 100 possible points:


To submit this project electronically, access the online version of your course. Use the navigation panel to access the directions for Project 3.

To submit this project by mail, refer to the directions in the enrollment information you received with your print materials.








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:


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:



When you have uploaded your video (either to YouTube or the DropBox), complete the table on the next page.



Name of Student  
Title of Speech  
URL link to your speech  
Citations for any outside sources used (in proper MLA format)  


To submit the project, save this project assignment document. Use the course number, your name, and the project number in the filename:


Go to your course management system to upload your project file.



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