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Summative Assessment on Identity

Identity Essay Summative Assessment

CCSS.9-10.R.L.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text

CCSS.9-10.R.L.2  Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text  

CC.9-10.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 on up)

CCSS.9-10.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.) 

CCSS.9-10.W.1.a  Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

CCSS.9-10.W.1.c  Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims. 

CCSS.9-10.W.1.e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

   The Essay Assignment:

DirectionsFor the last five weeks we have discussed identity, created Bubble Charts about your identity, written and shared Bio Poems, read four short stories (“Rights to the Streets of Memphis, “Marigolds,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “Everything is Green”) about an individual’s identity, researched different cultures’ Rites of Passage, and discussed different influences on how an individual defines his/her identity.  Now it is time to demonstrate what you have learned from all this study.

The Task:  You will write a multi-paragraph essay in which you explore what identity means to you.  You must use at least one short story we have read in class as textual support for what you define as identity.  You may also refer to your class portfolios for all the formative activities that helped you to think about your identity and how you define the person you are.  You may also use the research you and other peers did about Rites of Passage.

            Questions you might want to think about and jot some notes about before starting:

                  1.  Who are you, and how do you know?

                  2.  How does our point of view lead us to understand others?

                  3.  How can our identity change as we mature and come to understand life better?

 Then we will start the Writer’s Workshop process in class, but you are expected to also work outside of class to ensure completion by the due date.

Start Date:  10/8/15                   DUE DATE for submission on   10/23/15

Step One:  Brainstorming what Identity means to you

Your first job is to search the web for a clear definition of Identity that makes sense to you. Take 5 minutes to search the Internet. Find a definition that fits what you have learned and write it in the lines below. We will then share and discuss your definitions to ensure that everyone understands the concept of Identity.   Your definitions may be different.  That is to be expected, as you are all different.

Definition and source:



Step #Two: From your exploration, write down the short story that you feel best fits your definition of Identity and how an individual defines his/her identity.  It is wise to pick a story that you liked and understood.

Short Story:  _________________________________________________



Step #Three  Revisit, review, or research again about Rites of Passage from other cultures or American culture that you think determine an individual’s identity.  You may also choose a Rite of Passage you have already experienced.  Find two sources and indicate them here.  Include the website name, so you don’t forget it.  You may also use books from the library. 

Source #!:  _______________________________________

Source #2:  _______________________________________

Find two quotes from each of the two sources listed above.  Be sure the quotes indicate how an individual finds his/her identity by going through this Rite of Passage.  If it is a personal experience you are discussing, you don’t need a quote.  Instead, you will tell an anecdote.

Research Quote #1:



Research Quote #2



Research Quote #3 _____________________________________________________________________________



Research Quote #4




Step #Four:  Look at the list the class generated about characteristics that make up  Identity (There were 8.  Many of you took pictures on your phones, rather than writing them out).  Considering the story that you chose, what characteristics  best fit  for  the character finding/establishing his/her identity?  Isolate three-four characteristics (minimum), or you can use more.  Don’t use all eight!

Characteristics of Identity I Plan to Use:





Step #Five:  Go back to your short story now.  Locate 3-5 quotes that you think best prove how/why the character has learned who he/she is and how to survive  successfully in his/her world.  When did he/she do this?  Why did he/she do this?  Write the quotes here and indicate the page numbers after the quote.  Pick quotes that have “guts” (=something to analyze, not one word).

Quote One:                                                                                          Page #



 Quote Two:                                                                                          Page #



Quote Three:                                                                                       Page #



Additional Quotes with page numbers                                                   Page #’s





 Step Five:  Organize your thoughts through the use of a graphic organizer or outline.  I will have a variety of these in class or they are available on-line.

The main parts are listed below with a description of what goes in each part.

I.  Introduction:

This section introduces your definition of identity and the sources that you will use to prove it (short story, articles on Rites of Passage, and/or personal anecdotes).  Don’t be afraid to use “I” as this is an essay that is about you and your thoughts/learning about identity.  Pay attention to a “grabber.”  Then explain your definition and cite source.  Then introduce your sources you will be using.  Finally, your thesis is your last sentence of your introductory paragraph.

II.  Body Paragraphs:  (as many as you need)

In this section you will delve into your various characteristics of identity and show how your quotes from your short story support your thoughts.  You will also include a discussion of your own identity in these body paragraphs. 

III.  Conclusion:

What did you learn about identity?  How did you prove it?  How does it relate to your life?  To your character’s life?  Summarize the main points of your paper in separate sentences.  Then leave the reader with a new thought at the end of your conclusion.  The new thought should be about identity, and not “Thank goodness this paper is over.”

The rubric will be the 9th grade Informative Essay Rubric.  This will be used by all 9th grade teachers on this Assured Experience.  Rubric HERE.

Organizer Here  

Print this out HERE.