Category 1 2 3 4
Introduction The reader’s A catchy First paragraph First paragraph has a
attention was beginning was has a weak “grabber” or catchy
not caught in the attempted but was “grabber”. beginning.
first paragraph. confusing rather
Organization Ideas and scenes The story is pretty
This story is a little The story is very well
seem to be hard to follow. well organized. organized. One idea or
randomly The transitions are One idea or scene scene follows another in a
arranged. sometimes not may seem out of logical sequence with clear
clear. place. Clear , interesting transitions.
Closure The story trails The story has a The story comes The story comes to an
off with no common or forced to a clear intriguing or satisfying
resolution or ending which the resolution or conclusion and we can
sense of what reader accepts. deliberately leaves predict what sorts of
will happen. us wondering. things could happen next.
Conventions The final draft There are 4 There are 3 There are only 1 or 2
has 5 or more spelling, usage and spelling, usage or spelling, usage or
spelling, usage punctuation errors punctuation errors punctuation errors in the
and/or in the final draft, in the final draft, final draft,perhaps
punctuation some in common in more complex resulting from risk-taking.
errors, even in aspects. aspects. Character and place
common names that the author
aspects. invented are spelled
Neatness The final draft is The final draft of The final draft of The final draft of the story
not neat or the story is the story is is readable, clean, neat,
attractive. It readable and some readable, neat, and and attractive. It is free of
looks like the of the pages are attractive. It may erasures and crossed-out
student wanted attractive. It looks have one or two words. It looks like the
to get it done like parts of it erasures, but they author took great pride in
quickly and might have been are not distracting. it.
didn’t care what done in a hurry. It looks like the
it looked like. author took some
pride in it.
Requirements Many Most (about 75%) Almost all (about All of the written
requirements of the written 90%) of the requirements were met.
were not met. requirements met, written (date, salutation, length)
but several were requirements were
Laurie Gatzke Date Created: September 6, 2003