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The

RUSH for GOLD!


JOURNAL WRITING RUBRIC


Organization

Below Basic
(1 point)

No plan

Basic
(2 points)

Attempts a plan

Proficient
(3 points)

Clear plan

Advanced
(4 points)

Well-developed plan

-Introduction tells the


purpose/theme for
sharing the narrative
- The beginning, middle,
and end of the narrative
are clear
- Narrative transitions
help organize events
- Details and descriptions
make the narrative
interesting and easy to
read
- The conclusion reminds
the reader of the theme/
purpose of the narrative

- Good details and
descriptions of characters
and events
- Good word choice and
sentences make the
narrative clear and
interesting
- Clear attempt to share a
narrative to support the
theme / purpose

- Introduction presents the


purpose / theme in an
interesting way
- The beginning, middle,
and end of narrative
described very well
- Narrative transitions
used very well to organize
events
- Details and descriptions
bring the story to life and
make it fun to read
- The conclusion presents
the theme/ purpose again
in a creative way

- Very good details and


descriptions of characters
and events
- Strong word choice and
well-written sentences
make the narrative very
interesting
- Strong connection
between the narrative and
the theme / purpose of the
writing

- Personal narrative leaves
no doubt about the
purpose of the writing;
strong voice
- Narrative and events
explained with many good
descriptors
- Sentences are well
thought out and have
variety

- Very few errors in
capitalization,
punctuation, and spelling
- Clearly a personal
narrative with several
well-organized paragraphs
- Obvious effort by the
writer to make the
personal narrative easy
and fun to read

- No clear introduction
- No clear beginning,
middle, and end of
narrative
- No or very few details
and descriptions
- No conclusion;
conclusion does not
make sense

- Some attempt at an
introduction with
purpose / theme
- Sample beginning,
middle, and end of
narrative
- Some events out of
order; some events
missing
- Some attempt at
conclusion

Content

- Not enough detail and


description of characters
and events
- Words and sentences
do not make sense
-No narrative to support
the theme / purpose

- Some details and


descriptions of
characters and events
- Some words and
sentences repeat,
wander, or are confusing
- Some attempt to share a
narrative to support the
theme / purpose

Style

- No clear purpose for


the personal narrative
-Descriptors are unclear;
hard to understand

- Personal narrative not


developed but shows
some purpose for writing
- A few descriptors used
-A few good sentences;
very little sentence
variety

- Personal narrative shows


a clear purpose for
writing; convincing voice
- Narrative uses some
good descriptors
- Good sentences with a
variety in sentences

Neatness,
Capitalization,
Punctuation,
Spelling

- Many errors in
capitalization,
punctuation, and spelling
- Hard to read, messy
-No paragraphing

- Some errors in
capitalization,
punctuation, and spelling
- Readable but not neat
- Attempts to incorporate
paragraphs

- Few errors in
capitalization,
punctuation, and spelling
- Looks like a personal
narrative with several
paragraphs
- Neat and enjoyable to
read

Score


Score: _______________________ (out of 16 possible points per journal entry)

The Rush for Gold:


Exploration for gold in California


Entry 1
Total Points

Entry 2
Total Points

Entry 3
Total Points


Total Writing Score _______________________ (out of 48 possible points)





The RUSH for GOLD!
JOURNAL WRITING RUBRIC

Below Basic
(1 point)

No plan


Presentation

- Presentation is not at
all organized

-Difficult for audience to
follow and understand

-No visual aids utilized

Basic
(2 points)

Attempts a plan
- Presentation is
minimally organized

- Audience finds it
somewhat difficult to
follow and understand

- Visual aid(s) used but
does not enhance
presentation

Proficient
(3 points)

Clear plan

Advanced
(4 points)

Well-developed plan

- Presentation is organized

- Speaker uses some eye
contact

- Speaks clearly

- The audience finds
presentation is moderately
easy to follow and
understand

- Visual aids are utilized
and somewhat enhance
presentation

- Presentation is well
organized and well
thought-out with smooth
transitions

- Speaks clearly and loudly
with good eye contact

- The audience finds
presentation easy to follow
and understand

- Visual aid(s) enhance(s)
presentation, does not
distract

Score


Total Presentation Score _______________________ (out of 4 possible points)





Total Project Score _______________________ (out of 52 possible points)


(48 writing points + 4 presentation points)