How this works:
Five essay prompts are listed. On the test day the list will be narrowed down to three. You will be required to write an essay for TWO of the prompts.
You should spend the available time in class AND at home preparing outlines/drafts of your responses, and you may use notes, outlines, and the novel on test day.
On the test day, you must write your two responses within the 48 minute class period.
Directions: Each of your two essays should include:
A thesis which clearly states your essay’s main point (you’re not required to write a full introduction paragraph)
Two or three body paragraphs supporting your thesis
Use specific examples, details and quotations to support your ideas.
Fully explain the meaning of your examples/details/quotes, tying them back to your thesis.
Those who write two body paragraphs instead of three should compensate length by explaining these two ideas in greater detail
A concluding thought to wrap up your points (you’re not required to write a full conclusion paragraph)
Each essay is worth 50 points and will be graded on the following scale:
A=47—EXCELLENT--Well-organized, narrowly focused response, supported with several thoroughly-explained specific details. Insightful ideas!
B=42—VERY GOOD--Organized and focused response, supported with a few sufficiently-explained specific details. Accurate ideas!
C=37—SATISFACTORY--Complete response that is broad in its focus or general in its support. Some aspects may be slightly incorrect or lacking explanation. Incomplete ideas.
D=32—UNSATIFACTORY--Response fails to answer the question, lacks sufficient detail, or is incorrect. Incorrect ideas
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Prompts
1. In the famous movie version of the novel, several key events (Miss Maudie’s house fire, visiting Cal’s church, Miss Dubose’s struggle with morphine, Dill’s running away, Christmas with Francis and Aunt Alexandra, the tea party) and characters (Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Aunt Alexandra) are…