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  • Rogers Letter to Mrs. Jones

    Performance Task:

    For this assignment, you are going to pretend that you are Roger fifteen (15) years later after

    the events in Thank You, Mam. You now feel like writing to Mrs. Jones whom you have not

    seen in all that time. Now is your opportunity to thank her if you desire to do so. You are going

    to tell Mrs. Jones about your life, your family, and your plans for the future. At a minimal, your

    letter should include at least ten complete sentences, and two of those sentences must

    be a compound sentence. Remember to use transitional words when you move from one

    point to the next.

    1. What have you been doing for the past fifteen years?

    2. Did you graduate from high school? College?

    3. Did you ever get arrested for anything?

    4. Are you still in contact with your family?

    5. What is your family doing?

    6. Do you have a job?

    7. Do you plan on staying at the same job in the future?

    8. What did you learn from the incident with Mrs. Jones fifteen years ago?

    9. Do you have a family of your own?

    10. Do you wish anything was different?

    South Carolina State Standards Addressed:

    8-1.6: Create responses to literary texts through a variety of methods (written works).

    8-4.2: Use complete sentences in a variety of types (compound).

    8-4.4: Use grammatical conventions of written Standard American English.

    8-4.5: Revise writing to improve clarity, tone, voice, content, and the development of ideas.

    8-4.6: Edit written pieces for correct use of Standard American English.

    Common Core Standards Addressed:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • Directions: Your letter should be well-developed and clearly written. You will be graded by the

    following criteria:

    Criteria Total Possible Points Points Earned

    Focus: Do you write about

    most of the questions above? 20

    Content: Do you fully explain

    your answers in your letter? 20

    Organization: Is your letter

    written in a way that is understandable and organized? Did you include at least two compound sentences? Ex. I went to the store, and I went to the movies. (compound) Ex. I learned a lot in ELA class on today, and I feel confident that I will be prepared for the test on Friday.


    Conventions: Do you use

    proper punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar?


    Style: Do you write from the

    1st Person Point of View as if you are Roger? You will sign the letter as Roger. Your name, date, and block should be placed at the top of your paper.