NARRATIVE / DESCRIPTIVE WRITING

COMPOSING
x3 Ideas and/or story elements relate to the topic and are fully developed. The elements are appropriate to the genre.

STYLE
x2 Extensive vocabulary is vivid, descriptive, appropriate, and creative. Sentence structure is widely varied and enhances meaning. Voice is genuine, audible, and consistently strong. Tone is well developed. Vocabulary is varied with some vivid, descriptive, and specific words. Sentence structure is varied.

SENTENCE FORMATION
x1 There are few, if any, errors in sentence structure such as sentence fragments, runons, over-coordinating, and word omissions.

USAGE
x1 Language is used appropriately and consistently. There are few, if any, errors such as word endings, agreement, word meaning, tense, conventions (a/an, good/well, them/those).

MECHANICS
x1 The text uniformly conveys an impression of correctness. Few, if any, errors in capitalization, punctuation, formatting (indentation, hyphenation) and spelling exist.

4

Ideas are purposefully ordered with a clear presence of beginning middle and end. The audience is consistently addressed. Ideas and/or story elements relate to the topic and are developed. The elements are appropriate to the genre.

Minor errors in sentence structure are present, but do not interfere with meaning.

Language is generally used appropriately and consistently. There are minor errors such as word endings, agreement, word meaning, tense, conventions (a/an, good/well, them/those) that do not interfere with meaning.

The text generally conveys an impression of correctness. Some errors in capitalization, punctuation, formatting (indentation, hyphenation) and spelling exist.

3

Most ideas are ordered and do not interfere with the meaning. There is a clear presence of beginning, middle and end. The audience is addressed. Ideas and/or story elements require further development and may not relate to the topic. Some elements are appropriate to the genre.

Voice is apparent, appropriate and fairly strong. Tone is consistent. Selected vocabulary is functional and basic. Sentence patterns tend to be repetitive. Voice is rarely apparent. Tone is inconsistent, inappropriate, flat. Some errors on sentence structure are present and interfere with meaning.

Language is sometimes used inappropriately and inconsistently. There are errors such as word endings, agreement, word meaning, tense, conventions (a/an, good/well, them/those) that interfere with meaning.

The text conveys some understanding of mechanics. Errors of several types occur and may be repeated in capitalization, punctuation, formatting (indentation, hyphenation) and spelling exist.

2

Order interferes with the meaning. A presence of beginning, middle and end is somewhat evident. The audience is sometimes addressed. Ideas and/or story elements do not relate to the topic. There is little or no elaboration. Few elements are appropriate to the genre.

Selected vocabulary is limited. No variety of sentence patterns. Voice is not audible. Tone is flat.

1

There are frequent errors in sentence structure such as sentence fragments, runons, over-coordinating, word omissions, that interfere with meaning.

Language is used inappropriately and inconsistently. There are frequent errors such as word endings, agreement, word meaning, tense, conventions (a/an, good/well, them/those) that interfere with meaning.

The text conveys an lack of understanding of mechanics. Frequent errors in capitalization, punctuation, formatting (indentation, hyphenation) and spelling exist.

Order interferes with the meaning. There is not a clear beginning, middle, and end. No clear audience exists.

COMPOSING

STYLE

SENTENCE FORMATION

USAGE

MECHANICS

TOTAL SCORE

SCORE RANGE 05-12 = 1 13-20 = 2 21-28 = 3 29-32 = 4 NS = not enough content to be scored

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