Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our Narrative Writing Rubric

If you received a 3 on standard 5, you should continue working on:
  • Refining your word choice
  • Making sure you are using transitions well to bridge the beginning, middle, and end
  • Being very specific in your phrasing and the progression of the story, meaning how the story flows
  • Focusing on character development so that readers can get sucked into the story


If you received a 2 on standard 5, you may be missing
  • A full story, meaning your conclusion may be missing or the middle doesn’t make sense
  • A big scene/climax or problem/resolution
  • Dialogue or have none at all
  • Action
  • Consistent use of transition words
  • Thoughts seem disjointed or not fully thought through which shows up as many short sentences or sentences that do not fit together. Try reading your story aloud and listen to the flow of it.


If you received a 1 on standard 5, you may be missing

  • A full story
  • A story that makes sense
  • Details and action
  • The structure of the story mountain

Here is the rubric for students to see what summative scores mean.



Standard 5:
Write narratives to share real events, using vivid detail and ordered sequence.
Standard 8: Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.
4
The writer clearly focuses and maintains the narrative, real or imagined, throughout.
Effectively engages and orients the reader by establishing a context and point of view, introducing a narrator and/or characters, and effectively creates a sequence of events, real or imagined, that unfolds naturally and logically from beginning to end.

Transition words and phrases are used effectively and consistently and provides a strong opening and ends with a powerful conclusion.

The writer provides thorough and effective elaboration using vivid details, engaging dialogue, exciting pacing, and interesting description.

The writer effectively uses precise words and phrases, vivid descriptive details, engaging sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences and events.
Strong grasp of conventions and consistently uses it to enhance the work.
3
The writer adequately focuses and generally maintains the narrative, real or imagined, throughout.  

The reader is engaged by establishing a context and point of view introducing a narrator and/or characters.
The writer also creates a sequence of events, real or imagined, that unfolds naturally and logically from beginning to end and adequately incorporates a variety of transition words and phrases to show relationships among experiences and events.

The writer provides an adequate opening and conclusion that makes sense based on the story.  The writer uses sufficient details, appropriate dialogue, acceptable pacing, and adequate description. They use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details,  and appropriate sensory language to convey a clear picture of the experiences and events.

Strong grasp of standard writing conventions (spelling, capitalization, and punctuation). Correct sentence structure throughout.
2
The writer somewhat maintains the narrative, real or imagined, throughout with some minor drift in focus and somewhat engages the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters.

The writer creates an inconsistent and uneven sequence of events, real or imagined, that unfolds from beginning to end, and inconsistently incorporates basic transition words, and phrases with little variety. The writer provides a weak opening and a weak conclusion.

The writer provides uneven details, limited dialogue, inconsistent pacing and simplistic description. The writer uses simplistic words and phrases and inconsistent descriptive details.
Many errors in conventions (spelling, capitalization, and punctuation) which distracts from writing. Simple or inconsistent use of varied sentence structures.
1
The writer shows an attempt to maintain the narrative, real or imagined, but may provide little or no focus. They may show an attempt to establish a context and point of view, as well as introduce a narrator and/or characters but the response may be very brief, have major drift or be confusing or ambiguous.

The writer uses little or no discernible sequence of events, real or imagined, to convey the narrative, incorporates few or no transition words, phrases and clauses, provides little or no opening with extraneous ideas that may intrude and does not provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

The writer provides minimal elaboration, using little or no details, dialogue, pacing and description. The writer uses confusing or incorrect words and phrases, and little or no descriptive details.
Conventions (spelling, capitalization, and punctuation) and/or sentence structure hinders readers from comprehension of work.  

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