Rubric for Middle School Personal Narrative

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Personal Narrative Rubric

A

The student clearly understood the assignment and devoted a lot of time and effort to the writing process. The author successfully translates the experience of physical motion and sensation into vivid and descriptive words. The story flows smoothly and the author makes clean, logical transitions. It is evident the author proofread carefully, as there are very few or no errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.

B

The student understood the assignment and devoted sufficient time and effort to the writing process. The author mostly translates the experience of physical motion and sensation into vivid and descriptive words. There is a clear beginning, middle and end, but flow and transitions could be improved. There are few errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.

C

The student mostly understood the assignment and devoted some of time and effort to the writing process. The author translates the experience of physical motion and sensation into words but could be more descriptive and provide more details. There is a clear beginning, middle and end, but more details are needed to follow the story. There are several errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.

D

The story does not demonstrate an understanding of the assignment and /or the student did not give enough time or effort to the writing process to tell a good story. The reader has difficulty following and/visualizing what the author is describing. The order of events is confusing, and essential details are missing. Story is hard to follow. There are numerous errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.
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