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Rubric: Narrative

This rubric is intended to inform students of how the paper grade will be weighed between different elements of the paper. The rubric should also provide students with a general idea of what is considered A, B, C, D, and F quality work. While I refer to this rubric while grading, it is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of my grading system.

Narrative elements
Plot—Details and Organization (15)
14-15 The plot is structured and details are organized so that the plot grows to a climax and resolves OR so that it intentionally avoids a climax or refuses to resolve for stylistic purposes. All details clearly fit into the larger plot and purpose of the story while complementing one another, the plot flows seamlessly, and the organization/progression of plot creates a powerful effect on the reader. 12-13 The plot is structured and details are organized so that the plot grows to a climax and resolves OR so that it intentionally avoids a climax or refuses to resolve for stylistic purposes. All details clearly fit into the larger plot and purpose of the story, and the organization/progression of plot creates a noticeable effect on the reader. 10-11 The plot is structured and details are organized so that the plot builds to a climax and resolves. Almost all details clearly fit into the larger plot and purpose of the story. 8-9 The plot is structured and details are organized so as to create a complete story, but some details may not fit with the larger plot and purpose of the story. Furthermore, the plot might not convincingly build to a climax. 0-7 Many details do not seem to fit into the larger plot or purpose of the story, and/or the plot fails to show intentional organization.

Dialogue (10)
9-10 The narrative features two or more moments of dialogue which is very realistic and successfully creates strong personalities for the character(s) so that each character’s dialogue is noticeably unique. Furthermore, the dialogue...