Short Story Rubric - Lyndhurst School District

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Name: _________________________________________ Date: ____________

Creative Writing Rubric for Short Story

Writing Element:

1.

Main idea

2.

Supporting details

3.

Characterization

4.

Voice/tone

5.

Writing Fluency

6.

Conventions

7.

Word Choice/Vivid

Language

8. Captivating Scenes

9.

Revision and Editing

10.

Presentation

Comments:

Description: Score: 1-10

There is a clear point of view.

The story revolves around a central conflict that develops throughout the short story.

A clear theme is expressed.

The story contains vivid details without being redundant.

The story includes a balance of description, dialogue, imagery, character action, and development of character relationships.

Characters are well-developed.

The characters’ actions help us to understand their goals and motivations.

The writer has created realistic dialogue that helps the reader better understand the characters’ dialect and individual style

 of speech.

Literary techniques enhance the language of the story.

The pacing of the story is appropriate.

The scenes flow smoothly and make sense. No important

 information is left out of the story.

Transitional words are incorporated throughout.

The writer has edited carefully for errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.

Dialogue is properly formatted.

Paragraphs begin with indentations. There is

at least one paragraph break per page

.

The writer uses specific nouns, descriptive adjectives, and strong verbs.

He/she has attempted to describe what a character sees.

The author shows, not only tells, the plot of the story through depiction of characters, setting, and events.

Scenes are creative, but realistic, and go above the basic and the expected. The writer employs higher level thinking.

The writer has revised/edited the short story and has taken

Ms. Pastor’s suggestions into consideration.

He/she has helped his/her partner with revision and editing.

The short story is

typed

and

double-spaced

(size 12 font).

The short story has a title.

The story may include photos, pictures, or illustrations that demonstrate the author’s creativity.

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