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Your Prose Poem & Explanation


To finish House on Mango Street, you will turn in: o Your Personal Table of Contents o Your Journal Writing from Days 2 & 3 o Your First Draft & Final Prose Poem o Your First Draft & Final Prose Poem Explanation Due Dates: Week of April 29th, Day 1 Week of April 29th, Day 2 Prose Poem First Draft Due Final Draft Due Explanation Final Draft Due

Part A) Prose Poem. Write a prose poemin the style of Sandra Cisneroson any of the following topics. Use your own Table of Contents as inspiration, too. o Your neighborhood or house o Your name o An important issue in your life (for Esperanza it is growing up) o An important moment in your lifeone that has taught you something, or that helped you realize something significant about yourself, your family, or your culture o Any topic that is meaningful to your and your life right now You poem MUST: 1. Be 1-2 pages long. 2. Use a creative narrative style similar to Cisneros format. *Be creative! Use Cisneros story format and her style as inspiration! 3. Include a creative title. * Also use Cisneros titles as inspiration! 4. Include 2-4 literary and stylistic devices from the list below that will best communicate the meaningfulness of your prose poem. You might think about: o Metaphors o Repetition/Anaphora o Similes o Rhyme o Personification o Sensory Details o Alliteration o Figurative Language o Italics o First Person Perspective o Use or lack of Quotation Marks You will highlight and label each literary and stylistic device in your prose poem. Directions: 1) Make a list of possible topics. Write down different topics you could write about (use your Table of Contents and journal writings to help you!). 2) Choose one topic. Make sure it is a topic you can flesh out and describe really well. 3) Brainstorm: Write down the details of your subject. Why am I writing about this subject? What do I want my reader to know? What do I want to show my reader? What is the central message I am trying to get across to my reader without saying The central message/main idea is

If an incident/moment: What sensory details can you include? Think: Sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, smells If its about a person: What details about their looks, what they say, what they do, what they show are important to describe? Why? 4) Write your Prose Poem. o Include 2-4 stylistic devices from the list above that will best communicate the meaningfulness of your prose poem.

5) Highlight & label your literary and stylistic devices.

Part B) Explain your prose poem in an Expository Mini-Essay. Write a reflection of your own work. Explain why you chose the topic you did (why is it meaningful to you?), and what literary and stylistic elements you used to show this meaning (for example, Cisneros uses the literary devices listed above to draw a map of her neighborhood). Treat this part of the assignment as a formal body paragraph. Use quotes from your own essay as evidence to support your thesis.

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Grading Rubric for Creative Prose Poem Excellent The prose poem treats a meaningful issue of the speakers life Content Clearly portrays this meaningfulness through its thought and style. Uses at least 4 literary and stylistic devices to create vivid pictures in the readers mind Language & Devices Devices contribute to the overall meaning of the vignette. Shows spark of originality and Creativity extra thought that reveals the speakers personality. Includes creative and relevant title Final Draft Quality Correct grammar and spelling where applicable. First Draft Included: _______ / 1 point
Explanation Body Paragraph Rubric

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Fair Prose poem treats a somewhat meaningful issue of the speakers life Generally portrays meaningfulness through thought and style. Uses 3-4 literary and stylistic devices to create a general picture in the readers mind Overall theme of the vignette is noticeable, but may be underdeveloped. Reflects original topic, but lacks creative insight into speakers thoughts. Includes relevant title Grammar and spelling mostly correct. Needs Improvement Prose poem lacks a clear purpose Needs more description of event and why it is important to the speaker. Uses 2 or fewer literary and stylistic devices May not sufficiently create a picture in the readers mind. Treatment of topic is predictable without original voice and/or ideas. Chapter does not include a title; chapter may not reach length requirements Some mistakes in grammar and spelling.

Brainstorming Included: _______ / 1 point

Topic Sentence

Evidence

Commentary

Excellent! Begins with a clear topic sentence that introduces the 2-3 stylistic devices to be analyzed and clearly states how these contribute to the significance of the prose poem (strong claim). 2 relevant, significant quotes of stylistic devices provided from text Thought-provoking commentary clearly connects stylistic devices to prose poems significance Few to no errors in formal grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Good Begins with a general topic sentence that introduces the 1-2 stylistic devices to be analyzed and generally states how these contribute to the significance of the prose poem (claim). 1-2 relevant quotes of stylistic devices provided from text Commentary generally connects stylistic devices to prose poems significance Some errors in formal grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Needs Some Work Begins with a topic sentence that may be missing a significant claim of how stylistic devices contribute to the significance of the prose poem, or an introduction of the 1-2 stylistic devices. 1 quote of stylistic device provided from text Commentary attempts to connect stylistic devices to prose poems significance, but may be vague. A number of errors in formal grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. Errors can be distracting to the reader at times. Some formatting and/or citation errors for quotations, integration may be incorrect.

Grammar & Quotations

Quotations properly Quotations mostly properly formatted and cited, smoothly formatted and cited, mostly integrated into writing. integrated well.

This writer should work on: (CIRCLE ALL THAT APPLY) Run-ons Comma splices fragments verb tense shift Contractions pronoun agreement spelling capitalization informal language passive voice past tense verbs

Total Score: _________ / 26 Points