In this creative writing assignment, students choose a character from a novel and write a "letter home". They consider what version of events the character might include in a letter to a loved one, deciding what to play up and what to omit. This is a great assignment for any grade level and can be applied to any book that features characters away from home. This resource was originally created for The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, but includes a .doc version that can be edited for any novel. Includes a points-based (analytic) and standards-based (holistic) rubric.
Here are just a few examples:
*The Odyssey – Homer *A Separate Peace – John Knowles *Divergent – Veronica Roth *All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Marque *The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin *Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad *The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkien *Looking for Alaska – John Green *Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
What You Get:
1. Project Description with Points-Based (Analytic) Rubric
2. Project Description with Standards-Based (Holistic) Rubric
3. Editable version (.doc)
I originally designed this assignment for Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels and it was an absolute blast! I had students turn in letters with all manner of coffee-stained paper, etc., to mimic war-battered stationery.
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