This is a versatile assignment that can serve as a major paper in any English, writing or journalism class. I used it for many years as a stand-alone writing project in my advanced composition, AP English, and senior English classes. In each case, students found it challenging but very rewarding. They were quick to want to share their finished products with their classmates, and I encouraged them to save them in their portfolios. Often students wrote about neighbors, relatives, even teachers--with endearing and gratifying results. Many times I included the best of these in my annual anthology of student essays, which preserved them in a format the community--and future students--could learn from and enjoy.
Included in this file, you'll find carefully written instructions, a page of suggestions for how to generate content, a handy worksheet for using those suggestions in a first draft, a peer editing worksheet geared specifically to the character sketch, and a scoring rubric which doubles as a list of final-draft objectives for the students.
This thorough package has all the handouts you'll need to get your students through a classic, challenging, and highly rewarding writing experience.
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