Rubrics Grade 8

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Rubric for Legend Writing



Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4

  1. Theme
  2. Focus
Little insight; 

Theme is missing

Some insight; 

Some thoughtful ideas;

Not clear on theme

- Many insightful ideas 

- Meaningful connections;

- theme clearly understood by a reader

- Sophisticated ideas; 

- Well developed and explained in detail ideas;

- Profound connections to theme


1. characters

2. setting

3. Figurative language

4. Dialogue

5. Voice

6.  Point of view

- vaguely identifies characters; 

- setting – very little description;

- confusing about

start, middle, end;

- elements of writing are scarce

Some character and setting identified; 

Some FL

Some voice

Some dialogue

Somewhat identifiable POV


- Most characters identified; 

- Clear on setting when needed;

- Good use of FL

- Good use of Dialogue

- Identifiable voice

- Identifiable POV


- All characters identified; 

- Detailed setting throughout the story

- FL is creative

- Interesting dialogue

- writer’s voice

- consistent POV


- order

- word choice

- sentence fluency

- tense consistence

- intro, body, conclusion/


- no real pattern 

- ideas do not connect to each other;

- poor word choice;

no descriptive words

- intro, body, conclusion not clear

- pattern followed some of the time; 

- run-on, or segmented sentences;

- some descriptive and powerful words

- some intro

- some conclusion

- pattern makes sense; 

- no run on or fragmented sentences;

- variety of descriptive and powerful words

- good intro;

- good conclusion

- pattern makes sense; 

- easy to follow;

- no run-ons or fragments;

wide variety of powerful and descriptive words

- interesting intro;

- interesting conclusion


- grammar

- tenses

- spelling

- capitalization

- editing

- spelling 

- punctuation

- capitalization

- tense

- not edited

- spelling 

- punctuation

- capitalization

- confusing tense

- some edited, attempt was made

- spelling 

- punctuation

- capitalization

- a few mistakes in tense

- most of it correct

- spelling 

- punctuation

- capitalization

- consistent tense

- made writing very clear


Rubric for NOVEL STUDIES – Story Pyramid

READING – Specific Expectations:

-          demonstrate understanding of increasingly complex and difficult text by summarizing important ideas and explaining how the details support main idea

-          identify a variety of reading comprehension strategies before, during and after reading  (e.g., develop a mind map, images,  impressions of characters, scenes, or concepts; identify important ideas; synthesize ideas to broaden understanding);

-          identify a range of elements of style – including symbolism and other rhetorical devices and explain how they help to communicate meaning

Objectives and visual presentation 


Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
1. Shows Story line: 

- initiating event

- rising action

- literary climax

- resolution

- very few lines 

- very little explanations

- very basic ideas 

- basic explanations

- details is added to the story line 

- all steps in the story line are explored


- story line is detailed 

- all parts are explored and explained


2. Literary Elements 

-          Characters

-          Setting (time, place)

-          Theme

-          Mood

-          Conflict

-          Events

- very little explained 

- missing elements

- elements are lacking details 

- there is some visible effort to explore literary elements

- some elements are missing

- all elements are explained in an understandable, common sense manner 

- needed a bit more effort

- all elements are explained in a considerable detail 

- above expected effort was put into the completion of all elements


Mode of Presentation//Skill/ 


- the very limited visuals 

or many details not completed correctly

as intended

- some visuals; irrelevant visuals; wrong focus visuals 

adequate, but not as good as could have been,

a bit careless in several aspects or places

- with a little more effort, visuals could have been outstanding; 

- lacks occasional finishing touches

- the artwork was beautifully and patiently done; 

- It was  as good as hard work could make it

Creativity/Originality - very little detail or 

exploration of the

intended idea

- some evidence of attention to detail; 

- some exploring of the explored idea

- good attempt to incorporate 

Detail into the artwork;

- increased attention to detail;

- increased evidence of courage to explore novelty, not copying


- consistent depiction of the objects in detail and 


- consistent effort to pursue

Novel and own/original ideas

Effort/Perseverance - the project was mostly completed and a minimum amount of effort was used; 

- the student does not take pride in the outcome

- project was finished, but it could have been improved with more effort; 

- there was adequate interpretation of the artwork but a lack of finish

- good effort was given to complete the project, but with more effort it might have been outstanding - effort given far beyond 


- patient, interested to complete the project


Language Arts – NOVEL Studies

Rubric for Feature Article/Symbolism




Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4


- no clear idea

- very few supporting


- many general ideas/fillers

- has a main idea

- not enough  supporting


- some general ideas/fillers

- focus, clear ideas

- many supporting


- very few/no general ideas/fillers

- focused, complex ideas

- many relevant and intriguing  supporting details

- no evidence of generalities/fillers


and Understanding

- theme

- symbols

- main symbol

- additional symbols


- human interest

- connections from the text to the real life events, cultures, history

- no theme

- series o details, sentences are not related and reader has difficulty following





- very little or very weak attempt to make any connection with text and research

- not very clear on theme

- some listing, but effort is made to make reading fluent


- some human interest expressed

- main symbol discussed


- some attempt to make connections with text and research

- some success in connections

- theme is evident

- details  are related within sentences,

- easy to follow


- story of human interest is evident

- main symbol discussed with examples

- additional symbols discussed


- evident connections with text and researched ideas

- success in connecting text with research

- clear, evident theme

- details are connected in a logical manner

- creatively captures key messages


- human story is appealing and the reader learns from it

- symbols discussed in length, many examples given


- very clear and explicit connections with text and researched ideas

- very thoughtful, logical connections


- references

- Demonstrate little

Evidence and analysis

- missing references

- Demonstrate some

Evidence and analysis

- many mistakes in references

- Demonstrate considerable

Evidence and analysis

- a few mistakes in


- Demonstrate extensive

Evidence and analysis

- no mistakes in references


- feelings/emotions

-          Voice

-          Word choice

-          Sentence fluency

- 5W

- Intro, body, conclusion

-          no appeal to emotions

-          no clear voice, lacking enthusiasm

-          simple vocabulary

-          no variety in sentences

-          difficult to read

-          missing some or all 5W

- some evidence to appeal to emotions

- some difficulty follow  voice, lacking enthusiasm

- some variety in vocabulary

- some variety in sentences

- difficult to read

- missing some  5W

- weak intro, body, conclusion

- attempt to appeal to emotions is evident

- evident voice, expressed enthusiasm

- varied vocabulary

- strong descriptive nouns, verbs

- variety in sentences

- usually expressive, easy read

- all 5W described

- reasonable intro, body, conclusion

- strong appeal to emotions

- voice is clear, expressive, captivating enthusiasm

- creative, advanced vocabulary, taking risks

- varied, strong nouns, verbs

- appropriate/good variety of sentences

- easy to read

- all 5W described in detail

- well developed intro, body, conclusion

Use of Conventions:

-          grammar

-          spelling

-          punctuation

- spelling, grammar and punctuation used with several major errors and omissions - spelling, grammar and punctuation used with some errors and some omissions - spelling, grammar and punctuation used with a few minor errors and minor omissions - spelling, grammar and punctuation used with no errors and no omissions






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