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iRubric: Writing a Short Story rubric

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Writing a Short Story

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Rubric Code: Q6W42B
Students are to write a short story patterned after one that we read in class that demonstrates their understanding of the stages of plot and the characteristics of a short story.
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Keywords: short story; sequel
Categories: Subjects: English  
Types: Writing  
Grade Levels: 9-12

Powered by iRubric Writing a Short Story
  Excellent
4 pts Exceeds standards
Good
3 pts Meets standards
Fair
2 pts Almost Meets standards
Poor
1 pts Fails to meet standards
Setting
10 %
Excellent

Setting is clearly described as to where and when the action takes place; clear mood is established
Good

Setting is somewhat described; no clear mood is apparent
Fair

Setting is vaguely described but no mood is established
Poor

No setting provided; mood is vague or not present
Inciting Action
10 %
Excellent

The inciting action is clear and sets the events of the story in motion.
Good

Inciting action is present and somewhat sets the events of the story in motion.
Fair

Inciting action is not clearly presented; difficult to tell when the rising action begins
Poor

No inciting action present; rising action difficult to follow.
Conflict
10 %
Excellent

The story includes a conflict that is well-developed with details that make it easy to understand.
Good

The story includes a conflict that is somewhat developed with some details that make it easy to understand.
Fair

The story includes a conflict, but it is not developed with many details and is not easy to understand.
Poor

The story does not include a clearly defined conflict, nor is it developed with any details.
Climax
20 % Student presents a clearly defined conflict.
Excellent

The story has a clear climax to the events in the story.
Good

The story has a somewhat apparent climax.
Fair

The story's conflict is vague and difficult to find.
Poor

The story has no climax or high point of suspense.
Point of View
15 % The narrator tells the story from the appropriate point-of-view.
Excellent

The point-of-view is clearly defined. The student uses the narration to help develop characters and themes in the story.
Good

The point-of-view is defined. The student uses the narration to help develop characters and themes in the story.
Fair

The point-of-view is defined. The student uses the narration to somewhat develop characters and themes in the story.
Poor

The point-of-view is not clearly defined. The student fails to use the narration to develop characters and themes in the story.
Characterization
15 % Student provides enough details to develop the character.
Excellent

Student uses descriptive details to develop the character.<BR>
Characters are interesting and have depth.
Good

Student uses descriptive details to develop the character.<BR>
Characters are interesting.
Fair

Student uses some descriptive details to develop the character.<BR>
Characters are somewhat interesting and have some depth.
Poor

Student fails to use descriptive details to develop the character.<BR>
Characters lack depth.
Theme
15 %
Excellent

A clear message, or theme, is presented in the story.
Good

The story does seem to have a message, but not clearly presented.
Fair

A very vague message, or theme, is presented, but the reader has to hunt for it.
Poor

No clear message is apparent in the story.
Proofreading
5 %
Excellent

Few if any errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Good

A few minor errors, but nothing that detracts from reading the story.
Fair

Several errors that make it difficult to read the story.
Poor

Numerous errors, story very difficult to follow as a result.



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