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This is a generic tool that can be adapted to a variety of narrative pieces. Not Evident Very Evident

Writer:

2 3 4 1. Does the title express and/or deepen the subject of the task?

2 3 4 2. Does the writing or narrative clearly address the writing task?

2 3 4 3. Does the lead draw the reader in?

2 3 4 4. Does the lead establish a purpose for writing?

2 3 4 5. Does the narrative develop a setting and characters if appropriate?

2 3 4 6. Does the narrative show narrative and descriptive strategies such as: relevant dialogue, specific action, physical description, background description, comparison or contrast of characters?

2 3 4 7. Does the narrative show events rather than tell?

2 3 4 8. Is the narrative organized into well-developed paragraphs?

2 3 4 9. Does the narrative include well chosen and appropriate language?

2 3 4 10. Does the narrative use effective transitions that move the narrative smoothly along?

2 3 4 11. Does the writer use a variety of sentence structures?

2 3 4 12. Does the narrative resolution/denouement reveal the significance of the writer's attitude about the subject?

2 3 4 13. Does the writer use standard edited English?

List conventions to be addressed in this biographical or autobiographical, short story or narrative essay:

Priorities for revision or for your next paper:

Score

Rhetoric/Content Rubric

Conventions Rubric

4

Advanced Proficient The paper does all or most of the following: The writing -

• Title enhances the narrative

• Clearly addresses all parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates a clear purpose and maintains a consistent point of view and focus

• Develops the topic with specific, well-chosen details using precise and varied vocabulary

• Clearly introduces the setting and relates a sequence of events and their significance

• Includes the effective use of transitions

• Includes an engaging lead

• Employs a variety of sentence structures to enhance the writing

• May provide a thoroughly developed plot line, including major and minor characters and a definite setting

• Includes appropriate strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Uses an earnest and sincere voice which conveys the writer's passion and commitment to the topic

• Demonstrates a command of usage while using a variety of complex ideas and/or sentence structures.

• May contain few, if any, errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors do not interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing or the effectiveness of the writing style.

• Errors may be due to risk taking as student attempts sophisticated grammatical structures.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

3

Proficient The paper does all or most of the following: The writing -

• Includes an appropriate title

• Addresses all parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates a general understanding of purpose and a mostly consistent point of view and focus

• Develops the topic with some supporting details using appropriate vocabulary

• Introduces the setting and relates a sequence of events and their significance

• Includes the effective use of some transitions

• Includes an appropriate lead

• Uses more than one sentence type

• May provide an adequately developed plot line, including major and minor characters and a definite setting

• Includes appropriate strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Uses an earnest voice which conveys writer's concern for the topic

• Demonstrates general evidence of control of common usage. Writer has control of sentence boundaries.

• Contains some errors or more than one kind of error in the conventions of English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors do not interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing, and the essay may be read with relative ease and few distractions.

• Some attempt at complex sentence structure may cause minor errors in the conventions of English language.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

2

Partially Proficient The paper does some or all of the following: The writing -

• Addresses only parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates little understanding of purpose, point-of-view and focus

• Attempts to write paragraphs, but with few supporting details using limited vocabulary. Or may be a list

• Briefly introduces the setting and relates only a few of the events without relating their significance

• May include ineffective or awkward transitions that do not unify important ideas

• Lead and conclusion may be brief or confusing

• Uses simple sentences

• May provide a minimally developed plot line, including characters and a setting

• Uses few strategies with minimal effectiveness (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Uses a voice which shows some concern for the topic. Or reader may be unsure of voice

• Demonstrates some evidence of control of common usage.

• Contains several errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors may interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing, but most of the essay can be read with comprehension of the writer's intent.

• Sentences are all or mostly simple construction.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

1

Non-Proficient The paper does some or all of the following: The writing -

• May not include a title

• Addresses only one part of the writing task

• Demonstrates no understanding of purpose, and lacks point of view and focus

• Has little paragraph structure with few/no details using simple words

• May provide the setting but relates few, if any, of the events

• Little/no evidence of lead and conclusion, and sentence structure is simple or confusing

• May lack a developed plot line

• Uses few to no strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Lacks voice and concerns for the topic

• Demonstrates limited/little control of usage; or the piece may be so limited that there is little on which to base judgment.

• Contains serious errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• The errors interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing and may be unintelligible.

• Demonstrates little awareness of sentence structure beyond simple sentences.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

Score

Rhetoric/Content Rubric

Conventions Rubric

4

Advanced Proficient The paper does all or most of the following: The writing -

• Includes a thought provoking title

• Clearly addresses all parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates a clear purpose and maintains a consistent point of view and focus

• Develops the topic with specific, well-chosen details using precise and varied vocabulary. Should employ literary devices such as imagery, figurative language, symbolism, etc.

• Clearly introduces the setting and relates a sequence of events and their significance

• Includes the effective use of transitions

• Includes an engaging lead, and a satisfying conclusion

• Employs a variety of sentence structures to enhance the writing

• May provide a thoroughly developed plot line, including major and minor characters and a definite setting

• Includes appropriate strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Uses an earnest and sincere voice which conveys the writer's passion and commitment to the topic

• Demonstrates a command of usage while using a variety of complex ideas and/or sentence structures.

• May contain few, if any, errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors do not interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing or the effectiveness of the writing style.

• Errors may be due to risk taking as student attempts sophisticated grammatical structures.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

3

Proficient The paper does all or most of the following: The writing -

• Title may enhance the narrative

• Addresses all parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates a general understanding of purpose and a mostly consistent point of view and focus

• Develops the topic with some supporting details using appropriate vocabulary, may employ literary devices such as imagery, figurative language, symbolism, etc.

• Introduces the setting and relates a sequence of events and their significance

• Includes the effective use of some transitions

• Includes an appropriate lead

• Uses more than one sentence type

• May provide an adequately developed plot line, including major and minor characters and a definite setting

• Includes appropriate strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Uses an earnest voice which conveys writer's concern for the topic

• Demonstrates general evidence of control of common usage. Writer has control of sentence boundaries.

• Contains some errors or more than one kind of error in the conventions of English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors do not interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing, and the essay may be read with relative ease and few distractions.

• Some attempt at complex sentence structure may cause minor errors in the conventions of English language.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

2

Partially Proficient The paper does some or all of the following: The writing -

• Includes an appropriate title

• Addresses only parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates little understanding of purpose, point-of-view and focus

• Attempts to write paragraphs, but with few supporting details using limited vocabulary. Or may be a list

• Briefly introduces the setting and relates only a few of the events without relating their significance

• May include ineffective or awkward transitions that do not unify important ideas

• Lead and conclusion may be brief or confusing

• Uses simple sentences

• May provide a minimally developed plot line, including characters and a setting

• Uses few strategies with minimal effectiveness (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Uses a voice which shows some concern for the topic. Or reader may be unsure of voice

• Demonstrates some evidence of control of common usage.

• Contains several errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors may interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing, but most of the essay can be read with comprehension of the writer's intent.

• Sentences are all or mostly simple construction.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

1

Non-Proficient The paper does some or all of the following: The writing -

• May not include a title

• Addresses only one part of the writing task

• Demonstrates no understanding of purpose, and lacks point of view and focus

• Has little paragraph structure with few/no details using simple words

• May provide the setting but relates few, if any, of the events

• Little/no evidence of lead and conclusion, and sentence structure is simple or confusing

• May lack a developed plot line

• Uses few to no strategies (e.g., dialogue; suspense; interior monologue; narrative action)

• Lacks voice and concerns for the topic

• Demonstrates limited/little control of usage; or the piece may be so limited that there is little on which to base judgment.

• Contains serious errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• The errors interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing and may be unintelligible.

• Demonstrates little awareness of sentence structure beyond simple sentences.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

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