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Publication Draft of Extended Definition

Your assignment is to provide a publication draft of Embedded Assessment 1, which is: write a multi-paragraph essay that defines your interpretation of what it means to be an American. This essay should use the strategies of definition and different perspectives from the unit to help you develop a complex and thoughtful definition. If possible, incorporate an iconic image into your essay.


You should carefully consider the texts we have read, the perspectives we have discussed, and the expectations of the rubric (page 52 of Springboard).


As a publication draft, your essay should include:

  • A TYPED copy

  • An introductory paragraph that establishes a clear thesis

  • Body paragraphs that identify each of the texts, speakers, and images you intend to include in your final draft

  • Multiple definition strategies that make up your extended definition

  • A conclusion that provides closure to your definition and wraps up your big ideas.

  • Grammar, spelling, and organization that represents your finest work

  • MLA formatted pages, citations, and works cited.


Note: I have noticed that many students have not included an iconic image in their definition. It is strong encouraged that you do so. You may consider one of the images from the class gallery, or research your own.


If you need additional support on this essay, please see me for tutoring (Thursday after school).


Earlier Event: September 25
Teacher Development - No School
Later Event: October 2
Transition Analysis