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Summer Reading Assignment Rubric

All incoming Honors first-year students complete the Summer Reading Assignment as their first assignment for their HONR 102: Introduction to Honors class. You can find  this year's Summer Reading Assignment here and the format and rubric for that assignment below.

Prompts 1-3: Essay Assignment

Formatting Your Paper

How to Head Your Paper

Top left side of the page:

First Name Last Name
Summer Reading Assignment
Date
HONR 102

Formatting Requirements

Please choose one prompt and write an essay that is:

Essay Grading Criteria

The assignment will be graded out of a total of up to 100 points.

Content (20 possible points)

Organization (20 possible points)

Style (20 possible points)

Mechanics (20 possible points)

Ability to Tie Ideas to Themes in the Book (20 possible points)

  • Grade of A: exceptionally ties ideas and concepts back to themes in the book; clear student read book.
  • Grade of B: thoughtfully ties ideas and concepts back to themes in the book; strong evidence supports that student read book.
  • Grade of C: generally ties ideas and concepts back to themes in the book; some evidence demonstrates student read book.
  • Grade of D: carelessly attempted to tie ideas and concepts to themes in book; little evidence suggests student read book.
  • Grade of F: did not tie any ideas or concepts to themes in book; no evidence to demonstrate student read book.

Prompt 4: TikTok Video Assignment

Basic Requirements

In order to get credit for this prompt, the TikTok video MUST:

  1. Mention the title of the book (Interior Chinatown) and its author (Charles Yu).
  2. Mention why the song is important to the context of the book.
  3. Mention that the book is the 2022-23 WVU Campus Read.
  4. Include the hashtag #WVUReads in the video caption.

Video Grading Criteria

The assignment will be graded out of a total of up to 100 points.

Content (40 possible points)

Answering the questions: How does this song make you feel about home? How do you identify with the song? How does Wu’s description of the person singing the song in the novel influence your feelings towards the song and your home?
  • Grade of A: original ideas, complex concepts, compelling evidence with concrete details.
  • Grade of B: complex concepts, significant assertions, strong evidence with concrete details.
  • Grade of C: useful and informative, some errors but generally factually accurate, logically consistent, relevant to topic.
  • Grade of D: of doubtful or severely limited usefulness, some but not frequent inaccuracy, inconsistency, irrelevance or triviality. 
  • Grade of F: not useful or informative, factual inaccuracy, logical inconsistency and irrelevance to topic selected, trivial assertions.

Organization (20 possible points)

Mentioning title of book, author, and why song is important to context of book. Mentioning that the book is the 2022-2023 Campus Read and including hashtag.
  • Grade of A: extraordinarily clear and concise, excellent transitions.
  • Grade of B: clear and concise, good transitions.
  • Grade of C: clear with adequate transitions.
  • Grade of D: unclear at times, uneven transitions.
  • Grade of F: confusing, few to no transitions.

Creativity (20 possible points)

  • Grade of A: very creative video using original ideas that tie in “home” with themes in book. Great use of imagination.
  • Grade of B: creative concept for video. Content relates to themes in book.
  • Grade of C: no novel ideas or concepts included, but is a solid video that ties content into themes of book.
  • Grade of D: poorly conceptualized, unoriginal ideas but meets requirements for completing assignment.
  • Grade of F: carelessly constructed and does meet minimal requirements for assignment.

Ability to Tie Ideas to Themes in the Book (20 possible points)

  • Grade of A: exceptionally ties ideas and concepts back to themes in the book; clear student read book.
  • Grade of B: thoughtfully ties ideas and concepts back to themes in the book; strong evidence supports that student read book.
  • Grade of C: generally ties ideas and concepts back to themes in the book; some evidence demonstrates student read book.
  • Grade of D: carelessly attempted to tie ideas and concepts to themes in book; little evidence suggests student read book.
  • Grade of F: did not tie any ideas or concepts to themes in book; no evidence to demonstrate student read book.

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