G04 Narrative Writing Rubric

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Ideas and Content

  • Undeveloped story theme
  • Limited series of events
  • No complication
  • Hard to understand
  • Developed story theme but lacks focus
  • Unrelated, unclear, confusing series of events
  • Complication underdeveloped
  • Reasonably easy to understand
  • Tells instead of shows
  • Story theme is focused and complete
  • Connected series of events
  • Complication(problem) developed
  • Establishes a plot
  • Ideas are clear
  • Uses show not tell
  • Story theme has fresh and original ideas
  • Series of events greatly enhance story
  • Complication is well developed and resolved
  • Readily understood


  • Unclear introduction -missing problem
  • Series of events are listed
  • Resolution may not be evident
  • No sequence OR may be out of order
  • No transitions
  • No paragraphs

  • Introduction is evident and includes problem  but missing a hook that pulls the reader in.
  • Series of events are basic or unimportant
  • Weak resolution
  • Simple sequence
  • Weak or repetitive transitions
  • Attempts paragraphs
  • Clear introduction with a hook, and problem
  • Series of events are important to the story
  •  (fast forward past the less important events and slow motion on the important events.)
  • Clear resolution
  • Logical sequence
  • Good transitions
  • Uses paragraphs
  • orientation that grabs the reader’s attention (hook), surprises the reader and includes problem.
  • engaging series of events
  • Satisfying resolution; (end ties to beginning)
  • Logical sequence that flows, supports story
  • Clear, connected transitions
  • Paragraphs support flow of story

Sentence Fluency

  • Sentences are incomplete and/or unclear
  • Sentence structure is simple
  • Sentences are fragmented, run-on or confusing
  • Sentence structures are limited in variety
  • Sentences flow
  • Sentence beginnings vary
  • Sentence structures are varied
  • (simple, compound, complex)
  • Sentences flow
  • Sentence length, structure, and complexity is varied

Word Choice

  • Uses basic word choice
  • Word choice may confuse the reader
  • Simple repetitive verbs used
  • Uses limited word choice
  • Simple verbs used with some variety.
  • Words do not give a visual picture
  • Attempts using literary devices (eg. Similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration)
  • Uses strong verbs
  • Begins to enable the reader to visualize the events (senses)
  • Uses vivid descriptive language and concrete sensory details
  • Uses literary devices to enrich story
  • Enables the reader to feel that they were there


  • Little or no voice is evident
  • No awareness of audience
  • No expression in the story
  • Voice is inconsistent/weak
  • Limited awareness of audience
  • Little expression present in the story.
  • Voice is present
  • Shows awareness of audience
  • Writing is somewhat engaging and expressive
  • Voice chosen is appropriate to topic,
  • purpose, and audience
  • Writing is expressive, engaging, and/or sincere


  • Many spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
  • Text is difficult to read
  • Some spelling errors
  • Some grammar errors
  • Some punctuation errors
  • Some capitalization errors
  • Text can be read (despite  errors)
  • Few spelling errors
  • Few grammar errors (tense & verb agreement)
  • Few punctuation errors
  • Few capitalization errors
  • Easy to read despite errors
  • No significant errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization
  • Attempts advanced punctuation (quotation marks, ellipsis, colon, etc.)
  • Conventions enhance the readability


  • Writing is difficult to read or selected font is distracting
  • Writing is somewhat legible or selected font is readable.
  • Writing is legible or selected font is purposeful
  • Writing is legible or selected font is purposeful