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short story assignment with rubric_2 by ajizai

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									                          Writing a Short Story

Remember the elements of a short story (*refer to your
Short Story handout for details)

    Limited number of characters (two or three)
    Setting
    Theme
    Point of View of narration
    Conflict
    Strong plot with a definite climax (turning point)
    Dialogue – you must include some dialogue in your
     story, but don’t overdo it!
    Show don’t Tell (describe scenes, characters or
     situations – don’t simply tell the story)
    Title

*Be sure to follow proper language conventions of spelling, grammar and punctuation.



Assignment should be:
    Two-four pages long – no more, no less!
    Double- spaced
    Times New Roman Font
    12 point
    Header that includes your name, date, and class.
                                               Writing a Short Story Rubric

        Student:___________________________________


Criteria                 Level 1                    Level 2                   Level 3                   Level 4
Knowledge/                work is based on a        work is based on a       work is based on a       work is based on a
Understanding              theme or                   theme or                  theme or                  theme or
• theme or controlling     controlling idea that      controlling idea that     controlling idea that     controlling idea that
  idea                     shows limited              shows some                shows considerable        shows insight into
                           understanding of           understanding of          understanding of          human conflicts
                           human conflicts            human conflicts           human conflicts
Thinking/Inquiry          shows limited             shows some               shows considerable       shows a high
• originality in           originality in             originality in            originality in            degree of
  storyline                developing                 developing                developing                originality in
                           characterization,          characterization,         characterization,         developing
                           plot, and other            plot, and other           plot, and other           characterization,
                           elements                   elements                  elements                  plot, and other
                                                                                                          elements
Communication             shows limited             shows some               shows considerable       shows strong
• command of short         command of short           command of short          command of short          command of short
  story structure          story structure:           story structure:          story structure:          story structure: initial
                           initial scene has          initial scene has         initial scene             scene effectively
                           limited focus on the       some focus on the         introduces the            reveals a conflict;
                                                                                                          motivations of
                           central conflict;          central conflict;         central conflict;         characters are
                           limited evidence of        some evidence of          motivations of            believable and
                           characters’                characters’               characters are clear      revealed with skill
                           motivations; limited       motivations; plot         and believable; plot      and subtlety; plot
                           sense of plot;             shows some sense          shows considerable        builds effectively to a
                           ending provides a          of building to a          buildup to a climax;      climax; ending
                           limited resolution         climax; ending            ending provides a         provides a strong and
                                                      provides a                logical resolution        satisfying resolution
                                                      resolution
• dialogue                dialogue has              dialogue advances        dialogue advances        dialogue effectively
                           limited effect on the      the plot in some          the plot; dialogue        advances the plot;
                           plot; dialogue has         places; dialogue has      has considerable          dialogue has strong
                           limited variety and        some variety and          variety and vitality      variety and vitality
                           vitality                   vitality
Application               shows limited             shows some               shows considerable       shows strong
• story telling            command of the             command of the            command of the            command of the
                           conventions of             conventions of            conventions of            conventions of
                           story telling              story telling             story telling             story telling
• language                applies grammar,          applies grammar,         applies grammar,         applies grammar,
  conventions              usage, spelling, and       usage, spelling, and      usage, spelling, and      usage, spelling, and
                           punctuation with           punctuation with          punctuation with          punctuation with a
                           limited accuracy           some accuracy and         considerable              high degree of
                           and effectiveness          effectiveness             accuracy and              accuracy and
                                                                                effectiveness             effectiveness

								
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