Essay Writing

Descriptive Essay Publishing

Complete the final copy of descriptive essay.  Be sure to re-read it one last time before you hand it in.


□ Story Organizer   & Character Map

□ TYPED in 12 point BLACK*

□ Final copy neatly presented

□ 1 or 1 ½ inch margins

□ Rough Draft with Edits and Revisions

□ Double-spaced

□ Grading Rubric (this sheet)

How you will be graded for descriptive essay:

*Paper can also be neatly written in blue or black ink, skipping lines.

Excellent Good Fair Unsatisfactory
4:  The writer: 3:  The writer 2: The writer 1: The writer
Ideas & Content creates an entertaining, detailed story based on the illustration; shares fresh insights. Ideas & Content crafts a clear, narrative based on the illustration; details clarify important events and insights; holds the reader’s attention. Ideas & Content attempts to describe the illustration, but may not be clear; may lose control of the narrative line; details may be unrelated to the story. Ideas & Content does not effectively describe the events in the illustration; writer may go off in several directions.
Organization unfolds a planned narrative in a sequence; ideas, sen-tences, and paragraphs are skillfully tied together. Organization has a well planned strategy with a beginning, middle, and end; ideas are evenly tied together; events fit where they are placed. Organization may not craft a complete story structure, or may have trouble tying ideas together; reader may be confused by events. Organization writing is extremely hard to follow; story sequence, if any, is disorganized or incomplete.
Voice conveys an original, reflective message in third person; is deeply involved with the topic; expresses a range of feelings. Voice shares an authentic personal message in third person, and attempts to explore a range of feelings; style reflects the writing purpose. Voice tells a story, but in a predictable way; gets the message across, but does not seem involved with the topic or it is not written in third person. Voice is not involved in sharing an experience with a reader; does not focus on anything of personal importance or interest; writing is flat and lifeless.  Third person is not used.





Word Choice uses exceptional language in an imaginative way; powerful words create memorable images. Word Choice carefully selects specific words that fit the story and bring the main events to life; uses some new words. Word Choice may not use words that convey specific feelings or images; some words detract from the story’s impact. Word Choice has a hard time finding the right words; may make run-on lists of unrelated words and phrases.
Sentence Fluency constructs well-crafted simple and complex sentences that flow in a smooth rhythm; dialogue, if used, sounds natural and reinforces the story. Sentence Fluency crafts fluid sentences; may effectively use fragments and/or dialogue. Sentence Fluency successfully uses simple sentences, but may have trouble with more complicated structures; sentences may be rambling; writing is hard to read aloud.




Sentence Fluency sentences are incomplete, rambling, or confusing; may have trouble understanding how words and sentences fit together.
Creativity  The story contains many creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader’s enjoyment. The author has really used his imagination. Creativity  The story contains a few creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader’s enjoyment. The author has used his imagination. Creativity The story contains a few creative details and/or descriptions, but they distract from the story. The author has tried to use his imagination. Creativity There is little evidence of creativity in the story. The author does not seem to have used much imagination
Conventions is skilled in most writing conventions; correctly uses subjects, predicates, and sentence combining. Conventions mostly uses correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation; some editing may be needed. Conventions makes frequent, noticeable mistakes; extensive editing is needed. Conventions makes repeated errors in spelling, word choice, punctuation and usage; few explicit connections made between ideas.


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