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11th Grade Summer Reading Project

Due:  August 28, 2012

 

Summer Reading Book: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

 

Reading and Writing Component:

 

This component will count as a Writing grade in U.S. History, American Literature, and Latin. The objective of this assignment is to assess your ability to write a college-level paper using correct MLA-citations, while effectively analyzing the content of the book.

 

The Assignment:

 

Choose 1 paper topic to expand on. Your paper must be at least 2-3 pages long with correct MLA-citation.

 

You MUST hand the paper in to Mrs. Reznick in Room 346. You may also email your papers before the first day of school to:  remil001@hartfordschools.org

 

Paper Topic Choices:

 

  1. After the Fair ended, Ray Stannard Baker noted "What a human downfall after the magnificence and prodigality of the World's Fair which has so recently closed its doors! Heights of splendor, pride, exaltation in one month: depths of wretchedness, suffering, hunger, cold, in the next" [p. 334]. What is the relationship between the opulence and grandeur of the Fair and the poverty and degradation that surrounded it in Chicago known as The Black City?

 

  1. Why do you think Erik Larson chose to tell Burnham and Holmes' stories together? How did the juxtaposition affect the narrative? Do you think they worked well together or would you have preferred to read about just Holmes or just Burnham?

 

  1. How did the Chicago World's Fair change Chicago? America? The world? Discuss some of the inventions and ideas that were introduced at the fair that still impact life today.

 

  1. Burnham, Olmsted, Ferris and Holmes were all visionaries in their own ways. Discuss what drove each of these men, whether they were ever truly satisfied, and how their lives ultimately ended.

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Devil in the White City Writing Score Sheet

11th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

 

Mechanics/Conventions Considerations:

1.      MLA In-text Citation*

Errors:

 

2.      MLA Works Cited Section*

Errors:

 

3.      Length= minimum of 2 pages; maximum of 3 pages, double-spaced, computer generated, not including Title Page or Works Cited Section

YES

NO

4.      Presence of Title Page with Title of Paper (extra credit opportunity**)

YES

NO

EC?

5.      Utilization of 3rd person

Errors:

 

6.      Apostrophe Usage (including writing out contractions, i.e. do not for "don't")

Errors:

 

7.      Capitalization

Errors:

 

8.      Contractions

Errors:

 

 

Writing/Content Considerations:

9.       Thesis***

Logical, clear, concise, arguable thesis, which is representative of creative and/or analytical thought

 Logical, clear, concise, arguable thesis

Thesis present, but is underdeveloped, unoriginal, or predictable

Thesis is inadequate or is undetectable

10.  Evidence Supports Thesis

ALWAYS

SOMETIMES

RARELY

NEVER

11.  Selection of Evidence/ Quotations

PRECISE

THOUGHTFUL

SEEMINGLY RANDOM

 

12.  Analysis/Connection of Evidence/Quotations

INTEGRAL

SUPERFICIAL

DISJOINTED or UNRELATED

 

13.  Sequencing of Evidence/Quotations

ORGANIZATION EMERGENT

ORGANIZATION PRESENT

SEEMINGLY RANDOM

 

14.  Transitions between ideas

ALWAYS

SOMETIMES

NEVER

 

 

 

 

* USE THIS RESOURCE FOR MLA QUESTIONS: 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ 

 

**Extra Credit if your title is creative, informative, and/or interesting J

 

***Remember to use the “Thesis Generator” on Ms HB’s site:  https://katesportfolio.tripod.com/id102.html