Narrative marking rubric
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Appropriate words or word groups
Some use of figurative language
Language choice is well matched to genre.
Confident use of figurative language
Small selection of simple connectives
Repetition of nouns or unreferenced pronouns
Cohesive devices are used correctly to support reader understanding
Meaning is clear and text flows well in a sustained piece of writing.
An extended, highly cohesive piece of writing showing continuity of ideas and tightly linked sections of text.
Simple sentences are correct
Meaning is predominantly clear.
Simple & compound sentences are correct
Most complex sentences are correct
All sentences are correct. Writing contains controlled and well-developed sentences that express precise meaning and are consistently effective.
Punctuation is minimal and of little assistance to the reader.
Some correct punctuation across categories
Punctuation is accurate and provides precise markers to pace and control reading of the text.
Correct spelling of: most simple words, some common words
Correct spelling of: simple words, most common words, some difficult words.
Correct spelling of most words, including difficult and challenging words.
Text features specific to Narrative
– simple titles
– formulaic story opening
Contains sufficient information
for the reader to follow the story fairly easily
Engages the reader through deliberate choice of language and use of narrative devices
Minimal evidence of narrative structure, eg a story beginning only or a ‘middle’ with no orientation
Contains orientation, complication and resolution
Coherent, controlled and complete narrative, effective plot devices in the narrative structure, and including an effective ending
No use of paragraphing
Paragraphs used to separate the introduction or conclusion from the body of the narrative
All paragraphs are focused on one idea or set of like ideas and enhance the narrative
Ideas are very few and very simple
Ideas appear unrelated
All ideas relate coherently to a central storyline
Ideas are skilfully used in the service of the storyline
Character and setting
Only names characters or gives their roles
Only names the setting: (e.g. school, the place we were at) Setting is vague or confused
Suggestion of characterisation through brief descriptions or speech or feelings, but lacks
substance or continuity
Suggestion of setting through very brief and basic descriptions of place and/or time
Details are selected to create distinct characters.
Maintains a sense of setting throughout. Details are selected to create a sense of place and atmosphere.
Details about each marking criteria
NAPLAN marking criteria
The range and precision of contextually appropriate language choices
The control of multiple threads and relationships across the text, achieved through the use of referring words, ellipsis, text connectives, substitutions and word associations
The production of grammatically correct, structurally sound and meaningful sentences
Use of correct and appropriate punctuation to aid the reading of the text
The accuracy of spelling and the difficulty of the words used
Elements specific to writing genre: Narrative
The writer’s capacity to orient, engage and affect the reader
Text structure The organisation of narrative features including orientation, complication and resolution into an appropriate and effective text structure
Character and setting
Character: The portrayal and development of character
Setting: The development of a sense of place, time and atmosphere
Use of paragraphs that assists the reader to negotiate the narrative
The creation, selection and crafting of ideas for a narrative