2. Barbara Whitman defines “violence mythos” as a collection of beliefs that articulates attitudes in a society about violence. Compare and contrast the ways the violence mythos functions in two of the novels we read this semester. Essay Rubric A. Command of Topic
5 Essay addresses the assignment, demonstrating both familiarity with pertinent critical issues and independent thought. 4 Essay addresses the assignment, both topic and strategies.
3 Subject is clear—although essay misses some element of assigned topic and/or strategies.
2 Subject is generally clear but not in keeping with assigned topic and/or strategies.
1 Essay is not in keeping with assigned topic and/or strategies.
B. Argumentative Development
5 Essay shows especially careful development of related ideas in coherent, sequential paragraphs.
4 Essay shows careful development of related ideas in coherent, sequential paragraphs.
3 Sequence of ideas is traceable—although paragraphing and structure are faulty.
2 Essay relies on unrelated generalizations, vague argument, uncertain information.
1 Essay is not coherent, showing little development of or relationship among ideas.
5 Student has edited the essay, ensuring that sentences are forceful and clear and logical.
4 While the student has edited the essay, some tangential ideas, unassimilated quotations, needless...