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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 significantly contributes to the tone and style of the narrative. 8 The narrative features two or more moments of dialogue which is mostly realistic and successfully creates personalities for the character(s) so that each character’s dialogue is noticeably unique. 7 The narrative features at least one moment of dialogue which is mostly realistic and attempts to create personalities for the character(s). 6 The narrative features at least one moment of dialogue, but the dialogue is unrealistic or fails to create personalities for the character(s).

0-5 The narrative lacks dialogue.

Tone (5)
5 Tone is established through a strong and creative use of diction (word choice) and the powerful use of images. 4 Tone is established through the intentional use of diction (word choice) and the use of images. 3 Tone is established mainly through the use of diction (word choice) or the use of images.

0-2 Word choice seem unintentional and images fail to set a tone.

Style (5)
5 The narrative possesses a strong and powerful style. It flows well, and it might successfully experiment with romantic language, minimalism, or realism. 4 The narrative possesses its own style which mostly flows well and is minimally awkward. It may experiment with romantic language, minimalism, or realism. 3 The narrative possesses its own style, but the style might be inconsistent or it might not flow well.

0-2 The narrative fails to have its own style.

Point of View/Perspective (5)
5 The narrative demonstrates a strong awareness of point of view and uniquely and creatively uses it to its advantage. The narrative is very strengthened by the way it deals with the perspectives of its characters. 4 The narrative demonstrates an awareness of point of view and uses that awareness to its advantage. The narrative is strengthened by the way it deals with the perspectives of its character(s). 3 The narrative may be aware of point of view but it does not use it to its advantage well or is not...
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