I use this kid friendly scoring guide, to help my students score their own writing. These are printable posters that you can hang in the classroom. The kids get a kick out of comparing their writing to cake!
1 - Batter (you have some ingredients, but they are all mixed up and don't make sense)
2 - Cupcake with No Icing (you are on topic, but your story is bland / doesn't have any feelings or details... you need to top it off with some extra "flavor")
3 - Cupcake with Icing (you're story has a lot of detail and extra "flavor" to it)
4 - Cupcake Tower (you WOWED me)