• Introduction

    First paragraph has a \"grabber\" or catchy beginning.

    First paragraph has a weak \"grabber\".

    A catchy beginning was attempted but was confusing rather than catchy.

    No attempt was made to catch the reader\'s attention in the first paragraph.

    Focus on Assigned Topic

    The entire story is related to the assigned topic and allows the reader to understand much more about the topic.

    Most of the story is related to the assigned topic. The story wanders off at one point, but the reader can still learn something about the topic.

    Some of the story is related to the assigned topic, but a reader does not learn much about the topic.

    No attempt has been made to relate the story to the assigned topic.

    Creativity

    The story contains many creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader\'s enjoyment. The author has really used his imagination.

    The story contains a few creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader\'s enjoyment. The author has used his imagination.

    The story contains a few creative details and/or descriptions, but they distract from the story. The author has tried to use his imagination.

    There is little evidence of creativity in the story. The author does not seem to have used much imagination.

    Organization

    The story is very well organized. One idea or scene follows another in a logical sequence with clear transitions.

    The story is pretty well organized. One idea or scene may seem out of place. Clear transitions are used.

    The story is a little hard to follow. The transitions are sometimes not clear.

    Ideas and scenes seem to be randomly arranged.

    Spelling and Punctuation

    There are no grammar, spelling or punctuation errors in the final draft. Character and place names that the author invented are spelled consistently throughout.

    There is one grammar, spelling or punctuation error in the final draft.

    There are 2-3 grammar, spelling and punctuation errors in the final draft.

    The final draft has more than 3 grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.

    Problem/Conflict

    It is very easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face and why it is a problem.

    It is fairly easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face and why it is a problem.

    It is fairly easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face but it is not clear why it is a problem.

    It is not clear what problem the main characters face.

    Characters

    The main characters are named and clearly described in text as well as pictures. Most readers could describe the characters accurately.

    The main characters are named and described. Most readers would have some idea of what the characters looked like.

    The main characters are named. The reader knows very little about the characters.

    It is hard to tell who the main characters are.