Directions: Answer the following question “Should Shakespeare’s play be titled



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Compare and Contrast 5 Paragraph Essay
Directions: Answer the following question “Should Shakespeare’s play be titled The Tragedy of Julius Caesar or should it be titled The Tragedy of Marcus Brutus?” by writing a compare and contrast essay that looks at Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero and the characters of Julius Caesar and Brutus.
The Way it Looks:
____/ 5 Presentation: Times New Roman or Garamond, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, 1” margins. Black ink.


The Way it’s Organized:



____/ 5 Introduction Paragraph: Attention-getter, introduce theme, connect theme to story, tell what the story is about, transition to thesis, thesis statement

____/ 5 First Body Paragraph: Topic sentence, explain the parts of the tragic hero, transition
____/ 5 Second Body Paragraph: Topic sentence, compare Brutus/Caesar to the Tragic Hero, use quotes and transitions
____/ 5 Third Body Paragraph: Topic sentence, compare Brutus/Caesar to the Tragic Hero, use quotes and transitions

____/ 5 Conclusion Paragraph: Re-state thesis, summarize main points, end with clincher that references attention-getter


The Way it’s Written:
____/ 20 Ideas: Information is accurate and thorough. The question is answered. At least three quotes used to support your ideas. Body paragraphs fleshed out to 250 words each.

____ /10 Voice: Essay is written in a formal, academic manner – only 3rd person pronouns, no contractions, doesn’t use the word example

____/ 10 Word Choice: Vocabulary is appropriate for high school without sounding like you hit the thesaurus for bonus words
____ /10 Sentence Fluency: The reader does not need to re-read portions to understand what you are saying.

____/ 20 Conventions: Grammar and mechanics are perfect

Total Score:_______/100 Points

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