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Compare/contrast the worldviews (Values) of the Anglo-Saxon society and the Norman-English society of the Middle Ages using the historical background material, Beowulf, Ecclesiastical History and Canterbury Tales as evidence:

Prompt and the Rubric for the essay
Anglo-Saxon/Middle Ages Values Final
Prompt: Compare/contrast the worldviews (Values) of the Anglo-Saxon society and the Norman-English society of the Middle Ages using the historical background material, Beowulf, Ecclesiastical History and Canterbury Tales as evidence: What do these two societies teach contemporary readers? Provide examples from contemporary America.
Your essay must include:
5 specific Anglo-Saxon values
2 examples: 1 historical and 1 literary
5 specific Norman Middle Ages values
2 examples: 1 historical and 1 literary

Compare and Contrast Strategies
Compare Then Contrast
Discuss similarities between items
Discuss differences between items
Draw Conclusions

Item By Item (i.e. first one text then another text)
Compare and contrast item one
Compare and contrast item two
Draw conclusions

Point By Point (i.e. first one idea than another idea)
Compare and contrast point one
Compare and contrast point two
Compare and contrast point three
Draw conclusions

Beowulf/CT Comparison Contrast Essay
5 (A) Outstanding
Thesis: Well-developed thesis clearly sets up a comparison/contrast and expertly lays both the goals and organization of the response
Use of Evidence: Ample and appropriately selected details effectively support 5 comparisons and contrasts throughout the response
Organization: Clear and consistent organization with well-executed transitions excellently supports the discussion including an excellent introduction and conclusion
Style, Voice and Clarity: The response is clear and original and employs appropriate stylistic elements for effect in an exceptional manner
Conventions and Mechanics: Syntax, grammar, and conventions are correct and add to the effectiveness of the response
4 (B) Exceeds Expectations
Thesis: Thesis clearly addresses both goals and organization of the comparison and contrast
Use of Evidence: Appropriately selected details support the 4 comparisons and contrasts throughout the response
Organization: The organization is clear and supports the discussion; the introduction and conclusion are well-executed
Style, Voice, and Clarity: The response is clear and employs appropriate stylistic elements for effect
Conventions and Mechanics: Few or no errors are present in usage or syntax
3 (C) Meets Expectations
Thesis: The thesis is clear; the comparison and contrast is addressed in an adequate manner
Use of Evidence: Details adequately support 3 comparisons and contrasts but may demonstrate some inconsistencies in execution or application
Organization: The organization, including introduction and conclusion, is adequate to support the discussion
Style, Voice, and Clarity: The response is mostly clear and adequately employs stylistic elements
Conventions and Mechanics: Minor errors in usage or syntax may be present bur without repetition or undermining overall effectiveness
2 (D) Approaching Expectations
Thesis: The thesis is vague or unclear; the organization or goals of the comparison and contrast may be uncertain
Use of Evidence: Insufficient evidence to support 2 comparisons and contrasts or details are not always adequate to support points
Organization: Some flaws in organization or lack of clarity and transitions make the discussion hard to follow
Style, Voice, and Clarity: The response may be unclear or misuses stylistic elements in ways that interfere with voice and meaning
Conventions and Mechanics: Patterns of errors in usage or syntax undermine the effectiveness of the response
1 (F) Well Below Expectations
Thesis: Thesis is vague or absent, and organization and goals of the comparison/contrast are unclear
Use of Evidence: Evidence and details are missing or insufficient to support comparison/contrast
Organization: Organization lacks focus and clarity; transitions may be absent or unclear
Style, Voice, and Clarity: Response is vague or lacks clarity; stylistic choices may confuse rather than enhance meaning
Conventions and Mechanics: Significant errors in usage interfere with reality
Values are : Tradition, hedinism, power, achievment, self direction

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