NARRATIVE RUBRIC

(includes elements of school-wide rubrics)

Perfect Way
Scritti Politti

Pleasure and Pain
The Divynls

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard this One Before
The Smiths

All I Need is a Miracle
Mike and the Mechanics

Knowledge

Demonstrates sophisticated understanding of fundamental and higher order thinking skills and concepts

 

Accesses, applies, documents, and presents knowledge with fluency showing full understanding of skills and concepts

Demonstrates adequate understanding of fundamental skills and concepts and some higher order thinking ones

Accesses, applies, documents, and presents knowledge with minor flaws that do not diminish understanding of skills and concepts

Demonstrates adequate understanding of either fundamental skills or concepts, with limited ability to work with higher order thinking skills

Accesses, applies, documents, and presents knowledge with flaws that diminish understanding of skills and concepts

Demonstrates limited understanding of fundamental skills and concepts, prohibiting understanding of higher order ones

Lacks fluency in accessing, applying, documenting, and presenting knowledge

Presentation

Shows sophisticated sense of audience; Uses language artfully and articulately; Meaningfully organizes; Uses media/materials effectively

Shows clear sense of audience; Uses language is effectively; Clearly organizes; Uses media/materials appropriately

 

Shows some sense of audience; Uses language somewhat effectively; Somewhat organized; Somewhat appropriate use of media/materials

 

Shows little sense of audience; Uses language ineffectively; Weak organization interferes with meaning; Ineffective use of media/materials

 

Characters

Character development transcends merely their physical attributes; characters are multi-dimensional; Dialogue, if present, sounds natural and is purposeful. Character development leaves the reader thinking, “Wow, I know that person,” or “I wish I did,” or “I am glad I don’t.”

Honest and believable characters; the writer may attempt to develop the characters in multiple ways, but is either over or under doing it. The writer is still learning how to give their characters depth.

Dialogue, if present, is real but ordinary.

Generic characters; common, at best, nothing unique, original or personal; dialogue: The reader is left to think, “I don’t believe that these characters really talk like that.”

Flat, dull, superficial; no effort to develop characters; characters have nothing to say. The writer may give them dialogue but it does not enhance the content.

Voice

Writing is honest, personal, and engaging and makes the reader think about, and react to, the author’s and characters’ ideas and point of view.

Striking words and phrases often catch the reader’s eye and linger in the reader’s mind.

The presentation of ideas is thoughtful or insightful. The writer may approach the topic from an unusual perspective, use his/her unique experiences or view of the world as a basis for writing, or make interesting connections between ideas.

The writer attempts to develop all ideas; although some ideas may be developed more thoroughly and specifically than others. The overall development reflects some depth of thought, enabling the reader to generally understand and appreciate the writer’s ideas.

 

Common, at best, nothing unique, original or personal; nothing for the reader to invest in or sustain a connection with; anyone could write this

The writer is unable to express individuality or a unique perspective; little or no sense of voice; nothing authentic.

Plot

Conflict is real, interesting, resolved (even if with ambiguity); the reader is invested in the conflict; Pacing is well controlled; the writer knows when to slow down and elaborate, and when to pick up the pace and move on.

The writer is learning to approach the topic from an unusual and authentic perspective, but is trying to do too much or too little which creates gaps in ideas/themes.

Plot is tried, true, trite and boring; nothing new and different to think about; common, at best, nothing unique, original or personal; conflict is boring, dull, uninteresting; the reader knows what is going to happen and is already yawning.

The plot is just a summary of events

Style

The organization flows so smoothly that the reader hardly thinks about it; the choice of structure matches the purpose and audience.

The writer’s willingness to take compositional risks (narration, plot progression) enhances the quality of the content.

The story is clear and focused. Sentences are constructed in a way that enhances the meaning.

Fragments, if used, adds style.

The writer uses only tried and true strategies; will take risks cautiously but may lack the repertoire or experience necessary to enhance the quality of the content.

Common, at best, nothing unique, original or personal; the writer hasn’t taken any risks; generic narration offers no insight into characters or theme

Development of style is limited by overly cautious or linear mindset.

Makes no effort to understand how style enhances content.

Setting

Not accidental, instead a vital part of the narrative; the setting functions as a character

The writer know it’s important, but is still learning how to make it vital; therefore it is over or underdone so lacks effectiveness; detracts from story or gets in the way

Common, at best, nothing unique, original or personal; setting is an afterthought so it is generic; it does not affect anything.

Could happen anywhere so the writer didn’t bother to consider it; if the writer even described it, it is an add-on.