Short story rubric



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Student Name

Period 8-



SHORT STORY RUBRIC

Distinguished 4



Proficient 3

Developing 2

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Grade

Scale
28=98

27=97


26=95

25=93


24=92

23=90
22=88

21=86

20=84


19=82

18=81


17=80
16=78

15=77


14=75

13=74


12=73

11=72
10=68



9=65

8=62


7=60
eeds Improvement 1


Engaging the Audience

Engages the audience with an interesting introduction that makes the audience connect with the story and the writer

Adequately engages the audience

Makes an attempt to engage the audience but is not successful

Does not try to engage the audience or establish the context of the story

Elements of a Short Story

Establishes a situation, plot, point of view, setting, conflict, and resolution using careful detail and emotion

Provides an adequately developed plot, but needs more depth with conflict, resolution, detail, and emotion

Barely develops the plot; conflict and resolution are sketchy; more detail needed; emotion minimal

The plot is difficult to follow or understand and requires further development; lacks conflict and resolution; minimal detail/emotion

Organization

Balances and unifies all narrative elements required in an essay; chronology of events very clear

Shows a clear attempt at balancing and unifying the story; chronology of events evident

Shows minimal effort to balance and unify the story; chronology of events confusing

There is little or no organization present; chronology of events not present

Style and Fluency

The ideas are clearly and effectively developed; writing is fluent and polished with effective verbs, adjectives, and transitions; thesis clear

Most ideas are clearly expressed; writing is generally fluent, with some use of effective verbs, adjectives, and transitions; thesis adequate

Some ideas may not be clearly expressed; fluency and transitions may be lacking; infrequent use of effective, verbs, adjectives, and transitions; thesis unclear

Many ideas are difficult to understand; fluency and transitions are lacking; few effective verbs, adjectives, and transitions; no thesis

Grammar, Editing, Revising, and Proofreading

Demonstrates mastery of the rules of the English Language including punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

Makes good attempt to revise/edit with only a few errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar

Efforts to revise/edit are made but with many errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar remaining

Shows little to no evidence of proofreading, with many punctuation, spelling, grammatical errors

Special Sentence Structures

  • Effective dialogue incorporated into essay correctly

  • Three different brushstrokes correctly written, highlighted, and labeled

  • 3rd person narrative clearly maintained

  • Dialogue incorporated, but not totally effective and/or punctuated correctly

  • Two different brushstrokes correctly written, highlighted, and labeled

  • 3rd person narrative maintained adequately

  • Minimally effective dialogue and/or not punctuated correctly

  • One different brushstrokes correctly written, highlighted, and labeled

  • 3rd person narrative weak

  • Ineffective/no dialogue

  • No brushstrokes evident

  • Narrator not evident

Format

Meets all of the requirements:

  • One page

  • typed, Times New Roman, size 12

  • double spaced

  • MLA heading

  • correctly punctuated and capitalized title

  • pages numbered (MLA format)

Meets all except one or two requirements:

  • One page

  • typed, Times New Roman, size 12

  • double spaced

  • MLA heading

  • correctly punctuated and capitalized title

  • pages numbered (MLA format)

Meets at least half of the requirements:

  • One page

  • typed, Times New Roman, size 12

  • double spaced

  • MLA heading

  • correctly punctuated and capitalized title

  • pages numbered (MLA format)

Meets less than half of the requirements:

  • One page

  • typed, Times New Roman, size 12

  • double spaced

  • MLA heading

  • correctly punctuated and capitalized title

  • pages numbered (MLA format)




McKimmey, Anderson, and Torres

2011 STAAR Writing Project


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