Have you been teaching your students to write short stories that don't have a million characters copied straight from TV shows? Maybe you've also been teaching them to use vivid words instead of boring words, and to describe their characters' feelings?
I designed this rubric to analyze very specific aspects of my 3rd graders' short stories:
-using original characters (with only one main character) & describing their feelings
-including a beginning, middle, and end
-using vivid words and images
-including a problem and solution
I used it to grade their writing after they'd had adequate instruction and practice in those elements.
This rubric is for the type of teacher who doesn't enjoy the subjective nature of grading writing (like me :), so it assigns 1, 2, or 3 points for specific aspects. Students can earn a total of 18 points.
Included is a checklist which allows the students to critique their own writing before turning in their work.
Happy grading! :)
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