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New Rubric for Personal Narrative

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Rubric for Personal Narrative Writing – Grade 8
Name: _______________________________ Period: _________
Teacher: ____________________________ Date: ____________
Writing Traits
12
10
8
6
4
Ideas
The writer relates a single
unforgettable personal
experience using many rich
details and includes
insightful reflection.
The writer tells about an
interesting personal
experience. Specific details
and meaningful reflection
are included.
The writer tells about an
interesting personal
experience. More details
are needed. There are
some reflective comments.
The writer needs to focus
on one experience. Details
are needed. No reflection is
evident.
The writer needs to select
a topic suitable for a
personal narrative.
Organization
The beginning hooks the
reader with a sophisticated
introduction technique. The
middle supports the story.
The story contains a
unifying conclusion.
Effective paragraph breaks
are utilized throughout.
The voice in the narrative
perfectly captures the
special experience. The
purpose and message of
the story are revealed
through the voice.
Strong nouns, verbs, and
modifiers create clear, vivid
pictures and make the
writing come alive.
Attempts to incorporate
challenging vocabulary.
Reactions of the
participants are described
vividly.
All sentences are complete
and flow smoothly. Variety
is seen in both the types of
sentences and their
beginnings. A variety of
transition words and
phrases are used
effectively.
Punctuation,
grammar/usage, and
spelling are all correct.
The narrative is wellorganized with a clear
introduction technique,
supportive middle, and a
conclusion that wraps up
the story. Effective
paragraph breaks are used
through most of the story.
The writer’s voice sounds
natural and creates an
interest in the story. The
voice gives clues as to the
purpose and meaning of
the story.
Specific nouns, verbs, and
modifiers help create clear
pictures and express
feelings. There are some
interesting, unique
vocabulary words.
Reactions of the
participants are described
clearly.
All sentences are complete
and flow smoothly. Some
variety is seen in both the
types of sentences and
their beginnings. A variety
of transitions words and
phrases are used.
The narrative is wellorganized, with a
beginning, middle, and
ending. Effective
paragraph breaks are used
through some of the story.
The writer needs to focus
on one personal
experience. Some details
do not relate to the story.
There is little or no clear
reflection.
The order of events needs
to be made clearer. The
events need more support
to improve the story. Part
of the narrative is weak.
The story is arranged with
too few paragraph breaks.
The beginning, middle, or
ending is missing or run
together. The order is
unclear. The story is
confusing because of poor
support. The story has only
two paragraphs.
The lack of organization
makes the story very
confusing. The story is one
long paragraph—no
paragraph breaks were
used.
The writer’s voice could be
stronger. The voice does
not help the purpose and
meaning of the story.
Voice can sometimes be
heard. The writer needs to
show more feelings in their
writing.
The voice is weak and/or
uninterested.
The writer does not seem
to be involved in this story.
Stronger nouns, verbs, and
modifiers would create
clearer pictures.
Vocabulary is predictable.
Reactions of the
participants are described.
Many more specific nouns,
verbs, and modifiers are
needed to create clear
pictures. Only vague
reactions are included in
the story.
Many general and
overused words are used,
which do not help the
reader visualize the story.
No reactions are described
in the story.
The writer shows limited
word choice or incorrect
usage of words.
Most of the sentences read
smoothly, but some are
short and choppy. All
sentences are complete.
Some transitions are used.
Many sentences are either
short and choppy or long
and cumbersome and need
to be rewritten to make the
essay read smoothly.
Some run-ons or fragments
are evident.
Poorly formed sentences
make the piece difficult to
read.
The essay has few errors
in punctuation, spelling, or
grammar/usage.
Many errors make the
essay confusing and
difficult to read.
Nearly every sentence
contains errors.
Paper is either typed in
proper MLA essay format
(proper essay font size and
style) or written neatly in
black ink, using proper
MLA essay format.
Paper format is nearly all
correct MLA format, using
proper essay font size and
style. If paper is
handwritten, it is written in
black ink.
The essay has several
errors in punctuation,
spelling, or
grammar/usage.
Paper has at least one
aspect of proper formatting
that was not followed
throughout the paper.
Some sentences are either
short and choppy or long
and cumbersome and need
to be rewritten to make the
essay read smoothly.
Transitions are awkward,
or some transitions are
overused.
Some errors in
punctuation, spelling, or
grammar/usage confuse
the reader.
Paper has several
formatting errors. It may
be typed in an
inappropriate font for MLA.
If handwritten, the paper’s
appearance is messy.
Paper looks like proper
format was totally
disregarded. May be
sloppy or not written in ink.
Paper is messy and
inappropriately formatted.
Looks like student did not
take any care with the
assignment.
Voice
Word
Choice
Sentence
Fluency
Conventions
Presentation
2
Ideas:
/12 points
Organization:
/12 points
Voice:
/12 points
Word Choice
/12 points
Sentence Fluency:
/12 points
Conventions:
/12 points
TOTAL FROM RUBRIC:
Presentation:
/12 points
/84 points
EVIDENCE OF WRITING PROCESS: Concept Map Turned In: _______/8points Rough Draft Turned In: _______/8 points
TOTAL POINTS FOR ASSIGNMENT:_______/100 possible points