SCORING GUIDE: WRITING SHORT STORIES
AREA OFEVALUATION54 - 32 - 1Introduction
First paragraph has a"grabber" or catchybeginning.A catchy beginningwas attempted butwas confusing ratherthan catchy.No attempt was madeto catch the reader'sattention in the firstparagraph.
Many vivid,descriptive words areused to tell when andwhere the story tookplace. The reader can figureout when and wherethe story took place,but the author didn'tsupply much detail. The reader hastrouble figuring outwhen and where thestory took place.
The main charactersare named andclearly described intext as well aspictures. Most readerscould describe thecharacters accurately. The main charactersare named. Thereader knows verylittle about thecharacters.It is hard to tell whothe main charactersare.
Several action verbs(active voice) areused to describe whatis happening in thestory. The storyseems exciting!A variety of verbs(passive voice) areused and describe theaction accurately butnot in a very excitingway.Little variety seen inthe verbs that areused. The storyseems a little boring.
The story containsmany creative detailsand/or descriptionsthat contribute to thereader's enjoyment. The author has reallyused his imagination. The story contains afew creative detailsand/or descriptions,but they distract fromthe story. The authorhas tried to use hisimagination. There is littleevidence of creativityin the story. Theauthor does not seemto have used muchimagination.
There is anappropriate amountof dialogue to bringthe characters to lifeand it is always clearwhich character isspeaking. There is not quiteenough dialogue inthis story, but it isalways clear whichcharacter is speaking.It is not clear whichcharacter is speaking.
Problem / Conflict
It is very easy for thereader to understandthe problem the maincharacters face andwhy it is a problem.It is fairly easy for thereader to understandthe problem the maincharacters face but itis not clear why it is aproblem.It is not clear whatproblem the maincharacters face.
The solution to thecharacter's problemis easy to understand,and is logical. Thereare no loose ends. The solution to thecharacter's problemis a little hard tounderstand.No solution isattempted or it isimpossible tounderstand.
The story is very wellorganized. One ideaor scene followsanother in a logicalsequence with cleartransitions. The story is a littlehard to follow. Thetransitions aresometimes not clear.Ideas and scenesseem to be randomlyarranged.