This is a kid-friendly rubric designed to help upper-elementary students understand the differences between strong and weak personal narratives. The rubric was originally created for use with the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Writing Test for fourth grade, but can be used for any personal narrative structure.
The rubric is based on a four point scale, and covers the following writing conventions: focus (Is the story on topic?), organization (Does the story transition appropriately between ideas?), development (Did the writer elaborate appropriately on important ideas or themes?), voice (Does the author's writing sound natural and fit his/her purpose?), and conventions (Did the author use correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure?).
Also included with the rubric is a student reflection page, which asks students to assess their own writing using the rubric and to justify their assertions with evidence from their story.