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Science Fiction Short Story 
Rubric for students writing an original short story that is science fiction.
Rubric Code: R2WAC9X
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 9-12


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  Excellent

10 pts

Good

8 pts

Fair

6 pts

Poor

4 pts

Creativity & language

Excellent

The story demonstrates exceptional originality. The writer uses carefully chosen language to show actions and emotions without ever "telling" the reader what is happening. The title is clever and appropriate.
Good

The story shows creativity. The writer uses some language choices to show actions and emotions but occasionally "tells" the reader what is happening. Literary devices (5 min.) are used appropriately. The title is appropriate.
Fair

The story is somewhat creative and original. The writer sometimes shows actions and emotions and more often "tells" the reader what is happening. Some literary devices are used . The story is titled.
Poor

The story shows little or no originality and creativity. The writer only "tells" the reader what is happening as regards to actions or emotions. Literary devices are absent. The story is not titled or the title doesn't fit.
Plot

Excellent

The story's opening grabs the reader's attention. The rising action effectively builds to a climax and the resolution effectively wraps up the story. The pacing demonstrates careful attention to the impact of plot elements on a story's impact.
Good

The story's opening is adequate but not entirely attention-getting. The rising action builds to a climax and the resolution wraps up the story. The pacing of the story is somewhat effective.
Fair

The story's opening is not entirely satisfactory and does not catch the reader's attention. The rising action builds weakly to a climax. The pacing is somewhat awkward or confusing to the reader.
Poor

The story's opening is unsatisfactory and gives the reader little incentive to continue with the story. The story is missing part of the plot or the resolution is not satisfactory.
Conventions

Excellent

Very few errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation.
Good

Some errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation, but it does not impede understanding.
Fair

Many errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation and errors impede understanding at times.
Poor

The story contains more than 15 errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Story is difficult to read and understand.
Theme

Excellent

Theme is clearly identifiable as relating to conformity and rebellion. The theme also ties in sci-fi elements.
Good

Theme is identifiable based on one or two elements or references. The theme also ties in sci-fi elements.
Fair

Theme is somewhat identifiable, though it may be difficult to distinguish. The theme also ties in sci-fi elements.
Poor

Theme is unclear or unapparent in the story. The theme does not follow conformity and rebellion. The theme also ties in sci-fi elements.
Literary Elements

Excellent

Honors student demonstrates use of 5 new literary elements. Academic student demonstrates use of 3 new literary elements.
Possible elements: Use one opening method, anecdote, flashback, flashforward, understatement, symbol
Good

Honors students demonstrates use of less than 5 literary elements. Academic students demonstrates use of less than 3 literary elements.
Fair

Honors student uses less than 2 literary elements. Academic student only uses less than 2.
Poor

Honors students uses no literary elements. Academic student only uses on literary element.




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