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
□ 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.
|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.|