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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