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NARRATIVE / DESCRIPTIVE WRITING

COMPOSING STYLE SENTENCE USAGE MECHANICS
FORMATION
x3 x2 x1 x1 x1
Ideas and/or story elements Extensive vocabulary is There are few, if any, errors Language is used The text uniformly conveys
relate to the topic and are vivid, descriptive, in sentence structure such appropriately and an impression of
fully developed. The appropriate, and creative. as sentence fragments, run- consistently. correctness.
elements are appropriate to ons, over-coordinating, and
the genre. Sentence structure is widely word omissions. There are few, if any, errors Few, if any, errors in
varied and enhances such as word endings, capitalization, punctuation,
4 Ideas are purposefully meaning. agreement, word meaning, formatting (indentation,
ordered with a clear tense, conventions (a/an, hyphenation) and spelling
presence of beginning Voice is genuine, audible, good/well, them/those). exist.
middle and end. and consistently strong.

The audience is consistently Tone is well developed.
addressed.
Ideas and/or story elements Vocabulary is varied with Minor errors in sentence Language is generally used The text generally conveys
relate to the topic and are some vivid, descriptive, and structure are present, but do appropriately and an impression of
developed. The elements specific words. not interfere with meaning. consistently. correctness.
are appropriate to the genre.
Sentence structure is varied. There are minor errors such Some errors in
Most ideas are ordered and as word endings, capitalization, punctuation,
3 do not interfere with the Voice is apparent, agreement, word meaning, formatting (indentation,
meaning. There is a clear appropriate and fairly tense, conventions (a/an, hyphenation) and spelling
presence of beginning, strong. good/well, them/those) that exist.
middle and end. do not interfere with
Tone is consistent. meaning.
The audience is addressed.
Ideas and/or story elements Selected vocabulary is Some errors on sentence Language is sometimes The text conveys some
require further development functional and basic. structure are present and used inappropriately and understanding of
and may not relate to the interfere with meaning. inconsistently. mechanics.
topic. Some elements are Sentence patterns tend to be
appropriate to the genre. repetitive. There are errors such as Errors of several types
word endings, agreement, occur and may be repeated
2 Order interferes with the Voice is rarely apparent. word meaning, tense, in capitalization,
meaning. A presence of conventions (a/an, punctuation, formatting
beginning, middle and end Tone is inconsistent, good/well, them/those) that (indentation, hyphenation)
is somewhat evident. inappropriate, flat. interfere with meaning. and spelling exist.

The audience is sometimes
addressed.
Ideas and/or story elements Selected vocabulary is There are frequent errors in Language is used The text conveys an lack of
do not relate to the topic. limited. sentence structure such as inappropriately and understanding of
There is little or no sentence fragments, run- inconsistently. mechanics.
elaboration. Few elements No variety of sentence ons, over-coordinating,
are appropriate to the genre. patterns. word omissions, that There are frequent errors Frequent errors in
interfere with meaning. such as word endings, capitalization, punctuation,
1 Order interferes with the Voice is not audible. agreement, word meaning, formatting (indentation,
meaning. There is not a tense, conventions (a/an, hyphenation) and spelling
clear beginning, middle, Tone is flat. good/well, them/those) that exist.
and end. interfere with meaning.

No clear audience exists.

COMPOSING STYLE SENTENCE USAGE MECHANICS TOTAL SCORE RANGE
FORMATION SCORE
05-12 = 1
13-20 = 2
21-28 = 3
___ x3 = ___ ___ x2 = ___ ___ x1 = ___ ___ x1 = ___ ___ x1 = ___ ________
29-32 = 4
NS = not enough
content to be scored