When writing a profile, you want to provide an informative image of a person that is also engaging and perhaps even a little bit surprising.

Your first assignment related to Project ¡Yo! is due this week. You are to write a short author profile of Julia Alvarez.

You already know that Julia Alvarez is the Latina author of your project novel, ¡Yo! Who is she? Where did she grow up? What sorts of writing has she done? Can you locate interviews with and/or about the author? Can you find pictures? What is particular to her person, her background, her writing, and/or other facets of who she is?

When writing a profile, you want to provide an informative image of a person that is also engaging and perhaps even a little bit surprising. Try to make your profile vivid and detailed. Avoid simply restating information you have gathered. Take a unique angle. Insert the profiled person’s own words if you can. Attempt to inform and intrigue.

Aim for 2 to 3 pages. If you wish to insert photos into your Word document, feel free to do so. However, be sure to meet the length requirement. Cite all of your sources in correct APA style.

Where to start your research: Treat yourself to Julia Alvarez’s personal website. See her photos and other details: http://www.juliaalvarez.com

Note: As you prepare your Julia Alvarez author profile, be thinking about what specific topic related to her novel you might want to write about for your longer project paper. (You don’t have to settle on a topic until next week.)

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***Module 3: Author Profile Rubric language for exemplary level

Included a strong & clear Thesis Statement (that includes manageable topic—your angle about her life and her art–, claim, and purpose) within a well-developed and engaging introduction paragraph
Developed multiple body paragraphs with topic sentences that name the manageable size main ideas, include strong and well-developed and correctly cited supportive detail sentences as well as a concluding sentence that wraps up the main idea and transitions into the next paragraph.
Constructed a healthy conclusion that includes the restatement of the thesis, reminders of the main points discussed in the body paragraphs, and wraps it up with a sense of closure. It does not include any new information/details. Included a correctly formatting APA reference page.
Content of essay developed the author’s background, personal, social, and historical influences that impacted her art. Develop a cohesive and unified profile that supports that original angle about her life as you named in your thesis. Did not just write biographical facts with no attempt at building a “point” about her and her art.
Strong use of grammarwriting mechanics, and correct use of APA formatting of cover page & essay

Module 03 Written Assignment Grading Rubric- Author Profile