Scary Story Grading Rubric

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Scary Story Grading Rubric

Use the rubric to check your writing to see if it fits these requirements.

Name ________________ Hour _________
Title __________________________





Descriptive Words

Many descriptive words are used

Some descriptive words are used

Few descriptive words are used

Very few or no descriptive words are used


(where and when)

Where are when are both fully developed and setting words are sprinkled throughout the story

One part is developed more than the other and setting words disappear for part of the story

Neither where nor when are fully developed or one is left out and setting words appear only at one part of the story

Neither where nor when are mentioned


(conflict and resolution)

The plot is well developed – it shows rising suspense and a climax

The plot is mostly developed, with a few parts left out

The plot is not fully developed and is missing a few major parts

The plot is not developed and is missing many major parts

Scare Factor

The story is very scary

The story is a little scary

The story is somewhat scary, but is too predictable

The story has not scary element at all


The ending is surprising and suspenseful

The ending is somewhat surprising

The ending is unoriginal

The ending is missing

Writing Mechanics

Skillful use of mechanics – spelling, punctuation, and grammar

Very few errors in mechanics

Some errors in mechanics

Many significant errors in mechanics

Late -10 per day word shortage -5

Not typed -5 Score = ______ /48

Ms. Makler’s English III Class:
Your assignment:
Write a story full of terror to share with the class on HALLOWEEN Muuuaaaahhhwww (scary laugh). You may use an actual event that happened to you or a friend, or you can simply make up a good scary story. We will read these on Monday-Halloween-so make sure you have it ready to go by then. You have five days to complete this assignment, so I expect it to be good. The story has to be typed; if you do not have access to a computer or printer, make arrangements to type it at school. I will not accept any computer problems as excuses. Plan ahead. You must proofread your story to make sure there are minimal grammar mistakes. As a class, we will vote on the best story, and the winner will receive a prize.

  • 500 – 700 words

  • Write the word count at the bottom of the page

  • Title page

  • Typed, Times New Roman 12 double-spaced

  • Uses descriptive words

  • The setting must be fully developed

  • The plot must be fully developed

  • The story has to be scary

  • The ending should be suspenseful or surprising
  • Follow the plot line (background, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)

  • DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS. IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED (if it’s in your locker or you couldn’t print it out) YOU WILL RECEIVE 10 POINTS OFF PER DAY IT IS LATE

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