"Rubric for Historical Fiction (letters, journals, and newspaper"
Rubric for Historical Fiction (letters, journals, and newspaper articles) Criteria Excellent 5 Good 4 Close 3 Needs Improvement 2 Poor Effort 1 NA 0 Ideas and Content My paper brings the time & My paper reveals the time and The time & place my I tell the reader when and The setting of my story is I didn’t write enough to place my character lived place my character lived; character lived is clear, but where my story is set but murky, and the characters’ judge my own ideas and alive; vividly describes her/his describes a day in her/his life; his/her experiences are more make no attempt to include experiences and/or values are content. experiences and values; refers most or all details are like a list than a letter or diary historically accurate facts or often historically inaccurate. to relevant, historically historically accurate. entry; some details may be details. accurate details. historically inaccurate. Organization My writing has a beginning, I have either a strong lead, I have either a strong lead, My paper failed to contain My paper failed to contain I didn’t write enough to middle, and end that are easy developed middle or developed middle or two of the following: a strong three of the following: a judge. to identify and follows the satisfying ending but not all satisfying ending but not all lead, developed middle, strong lead, developed designated format. three. And I followed the three. But I made some satisfying ending, or middle, satisfying ending, or designated format. mistakes with the format. formatting was missing. the formatting was missing. Paragraphs I indent the beginnings of all I indent the beginnings of all Some of my paragraphs are I have several problems with I use incorrect paragraph I didn’t write enough to paragraphs & have one topic paragraphs, have one too long, too short, or not paragraphs and/or I wrote less format and/or I wrote less judge. per paragraph. I wrote at least topic/paragraph, and I wrote 5 indented. I wrote at least 5 than 5 paragraphs. than 5 paragraphs. 5 paragraphs. paragraphs. paragraphs. Voice and Tone I use 1st person. My voice I sound like I care about the My tone is OK but my paper My writing is bland, My writing is too formal or I didn’t write enough to sounds like a real person. My topic. My writing voice is could have been written by mechanical or pretentious. It inappropriately informal. judge paper has personality & engaging but may fade in and anyone. I need to reveal more sounds like I have not found There may be no hints of a shows how my character out. about how I think and feel my own way to say things. I real person in it. It may sound thinks and feels. about the topic. used 2nd or 3rd person. like I don’t like the topic. Word choice The words I use are striking My paper has some fine word The words I use are My word choice is uninspired, The same words are repeated I had better get busy.... but natural, e.g., "wondered" choices and generally good acceptable but ordinary. I colorless and dull, or sounds over and over and over and instead of "thought." I use language. Some parts may be should try to use more like I am trying too hard to over. Some words may be powerful verbs & historically routine. expressive words. impress. Some words may be confusing to a reader. accurate words, phrases and used incorrectly. slang from the period. Conventions I use the correct grammar, I made some errors, perhaps My spelling is correct on Frequent errors are distracting Many errors in grammar, I didn’t write enough to capitals, spelling, and by taking risks and using common words. Some errors but do not interfere with the capitalization, spelling & judge. punctuation. interesting words or in grammar and punctuation. I meaning of my paper. punctuation make my paper sentences. need to check it again. hard to read.