Fictional narrative writing rubric



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FICTIONAL NARRATIVE WRITING RUBRIC





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Organization:


The plot is thoroughly developed. The story is interesting and logically organized: there is clear exposition, rising action and climax. The story has a clear resolution or surprise ending.

Plot is adequately developed. The story has a clear beginning, middle and end. The story is arranged in logical order.

The plot is minimally developed. The story does not have a clear beginning, middle, and end. The sequence of events is sometimes confusing and may be hard to follow.

The story lacks a developed plot line. It is missing either a beginning or an end. The relationship between the events is often confusing.

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Elements of Story:

Setting

The setting is clearly described through vivid sensory language.

The setting is clearly identified with some sensory language.

The setting is identified but not clearly described. It has minimal sensory language.

The setting may be vague or hard to identify.

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Elements of Story:


Characters


Major characters are well developed through dialogue, actions, and thoughts. Main characters change or grow during the story.

Major and minor characters are somewhat developed through dialogue, actions, and thoughts. Main characters change or grow during the story.

Characters are minimally developed. They are described rather than established through dialogue, actions and thoughts. They show little growth or change during the story.

Main characters are lacking development. They are described rather than established. They lack individuality and do not change throughout the story.

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Elements of Story:

Dialogue

All dialogue sounds realistic and advances the plot. It exhibits dialect and a distinct voice.

Most dialogue sounds realistic and advances the plot. It may exhibit dialect and a distinct voice.

Some dialogue sounds realistic and may have some elements of dialect and voice. It advances the plot minimally.

Dialogue may be nonexistent, or it may all sound alike. No elements of dialect and voice are present. It does not advance the plot.

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Elements of Story:

Conflict

The conflict is clearly established, developed and resolved after a gripping climax.


The conflict is established, developed, and resolved after a climax.

The conflict is minimally established and resolved, but lacks development.

The conflict is vague and hard to identify. It may not be resolved in a logical way.

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Elements of Story:

Suspense

The rising action builds intense suspense, which thoroughly provides growing tension, anxiety, fear and/or wonder.

The rising action builds suspense, and adequately provides growing tension, anxiety, fear and/or wonder.

The rising action builds suspense, but minimally provides growing tension, anxiety, fear and/or wonder.

The suspense in the rising action is lacking or missing.

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Elements of Story:

The point of view is consistent.

Maintains a consistent point of view.

The point of view is clear, but may be inconsistent in some places.

The point of view is often inconsistent.

The point of view is inconsistent.

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Elements of Story:

Transitions

Uses carefully chosen transitions to help the reader along.


Uses transitions to help the reader along.

Uses few transitions.

Uses no transitions.

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Written Oral English Language Conventions

Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling

There are few or no errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, or spelling. Dialogue is punctuated and formatted correctly.

There are some errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, or spelling. Dialogue may have minor errors in punctuation and format.

There are many errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, or spelling. These sometimes make the story hard to understand. Dialogue is punctuated and formatted inconsistently.

There are numerous errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, or spelling that interferes with the meaning of the story. Dialogue may not be distinguishable from narrative, or may lack correct punctuation such as quotation marks or end punctuation.

YOUR SCORE: __________/36 Divide your score by 9 = Your Rubric Score is ___________




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