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Personal Narrative Essay Rubric

Learning From One’s Mistakes



Name and period _______________________________





  1. Title (5 pts) ________

(Looking for a creative title something that grabs the attention of the reader.

It should be centered, not bolded or underlined)




  1. Introduction (10 pts) ________

(Looking for a creative hook that draws the reader into the paper. The

hook should be a quote aligning with your lesson. Quote should be correctly

cited. Also, intro should introduce setting and characters.)


  1. Thesis (10 pts) ________

(Looking for a synthesized statement that brings together your points

into a purposeful unified whole. Thesis should be aligned with outline given

in class.)


  1. Organization of paragraphs (30 pts) ________

(Looking for sequence in paragraphs, time markers, transitions, dialogue

and an engaging way of telling the story through sensory language)

First point (10 pts) ______

Second point (10 pts) ______

Third point (10 pts) ______


  1. Conclusion (10 pts) ________

(Looking for the thesis restated in new words, reference back to the

original hook and plus a statement leaving the reader with

something to ponder about)


  1. Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling (5 pts) ________

(Looking for a polished edited paper)


  1. Word Choice (5 pts) ________

(Looking for appropriate vocabulary that is scholarly. Also, vocabulary

that stimulates the senses. No slang, “cool” and “awesome”, and

the use of “pretty good” “kinda” “okay” “sorta” “a lot” and “it is”)


  1. Neatness (5 pts) ________

(Looking for 1 ½- 2 pages typed, 12 point font, Times New Roman,

double-spaced, MLA Formatted paper.)




  1. Smooth transitioning (10 pts) ________

(Looking for markers that show the passage of time to the reader and

transition from one detail to the next.)




  1. Voice(10 pts) ________

(Looking for a cohesive style that creates a smooth flow in the essay)


  1. Total Points (100 pts) ________

Narrative Essay Prompt:


Oscar Wilde, an English playwright, once said “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Everyone makes mistakes. Our beliefs and values are linked to learning experiences that have shown us what is important and what we want to cling to for the rest of our lives. When have you learned from a mistake? When was a time you learned a lesson? Were you two years old? Ten years old? Was it yesterday?
You will have the opportunity to explore this topic through a personal narrative essay. The narrative essay will focus on one specific event that you learned a lesson. You will have three class periods to formulate, type and polish your paper to turn in. This paper will be one of the three Formal Writing Assessments (30% of your grade) you will turn in this semester.


Happy Writing!



Narrative Essay Prompt:
Oscar Wilde, an English playwright, once said “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Everyone makes mistakes. Our beliefs and values are linked to learning experiences that have shown us what is important and what we want to cling to for the rest of our lives. When have you learned from a mistake? When was a time you learned a lesson? Were you two years old? Ten years old? Was it yesterday?
You will have the opportunity to explore this topic through a personal narrative essay. The narrative essay will focus on one specific event that you learned a lesson. You will have three class periods to formulate, type and polish your paper to turn in. This paper will be one of the three Formal Writing Assessments (30% of your grade) you will turn in this semester.
Happy Writing!





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