Short Story Rubric

Category

5/4

3

2

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 Characterization

The main characters are well named and clearly described. A variety of direct and indirect techniques are used.  Readers could describe the characters accurately.

The main characters are named and described using some direct and indirect techniques. Most readers would have some idea of what the characters are like.

The main characters are named using a few direct and indirect characterization techniques. The reader knows very little about the characters.

It is hard to tell who the main characters are and there is little or no use of direct or indirect characterization techniques.

 

 Setting

Many vivid, descriptive words are used to tell when and where the story took place.

Some vivid, descriptive words are used to tell the audience when and where the story took place.

The reader can figure out when and where the story took place, but the author didn't supply much detail.

The reader has trouble figuring out when and where the story took place.

 

 Organization of Plot

The story is very well organized. Ideas are chronicled well  and one scene follows another in a logical sequence with clear transitions.

The story is fairly well organized. One idea or scene may seem out of place. Clear transitions are used, but not often enough.

The story is a little hard to follow. The transitions are sometimes not clear and events seem out of order.

Ideas and scenes seem to be randomly arranged and improvement is needed.

 

Theme/Style

 

Themes are used very effectively with one or more issues shown.

Themes are used  effectively with one or more issues shown, but lack development.

Themes are used fairly effectively with but only had one issue which was not well shown.

Improvement needed.

 

 

 Conflict

The story contains  creative  descriptions of conflict that contribute to the reader's enjoyment.

The story contains a few creative conflicts that contribute to the reader's enjoyment.

The story contains a few creative conflicts, but they distract from the story.

There is little evidence of main conflicts in the story.

 Sentence Structure (Fluency)

All sentences are well-constructed with varied and interesting structure patterns.

Most sentences are well-constructed with varied and interesting structure patterns.

Most sentences are well-constructed but have similar and uninteresting structure patterns.

Sentences lack structure and appear incomplete or rambling.

 

5/4

3

2

1

 

 Grammar and Spelling (Conventions)

Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader form the content.

Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader form the content.

Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader form the content.

Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader form the content.