Rubric for NHLP Essays: This is what the content grade is based upon.
(Since some of you asked: Length is at least two FULL pages to three full pages.)
Your Brain BEFORE the NHLP essay
Your brain AFTER the NHLP essay
Essay Outline, Instructions and Grading Rubric
· Set the hook. Note: Use this Henry Ford quote somewhere in the intro: "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right!
· Narrow the focus/provide needed background info
· Clearly state the thesis
o A thesis statement is NOT an announcement of intention
o States the subject matter
o Is unified
o Clearly indicates the writer’s opinion
o Contain the “key words” if possible
Body paragraph 1
· Explains the steps that Smilkstein describes and explains what they mean; i.e., motivation, beginning practice, advanced practice, etc. (From my PowerPoint and my notes on the whiteboard.)
· Attrributes Smilkstein. (I.e., "According to Dr. Rita Smilkstein’s research . . .")
Body paragraph 2
· Uses Dr. Smilkstein’s terms in your description of your learning process. I.e., “My motivation to learn this was . . . “ “During the beginning practice stage of learning it, I would . . .” “I know I reached the skillfulness stage when it started to get easier and I . . .” Etc.
Body paragraph 3
· TELLs how emotions “affect” (i.e. “control”) your ability to learn (remeber: it is a biological process, so describe how that takes place).
Body paragraph 4
· Must bring closure
· Can paraphrase your main points
· Comment again on the subject matter
· Call for action on the part of the reader
Make it ready for grading: