Reaction Paper Rubric

 

Scoring Rubric:  Reaction Paper to The Scarlet Letter

Student _____________________

 

Beginner (1pt)

Developing (2pts)

Satisfactory (3-4pts)

Exemplary (5pts)

Organization

The response does not begin with a topic and the writer fails to identify the work by title, author, and genre. The overall response is unstated, unclear, or unsupported. No organizational plan is evident.

 

The response begins with a topic sentence, but the sentence may not identify the work by title, author, and genre or state an overall response to the work. The body explores the response, but more thoughts, feelings, reasons, and speci?c examples from the work are needed. The conclusion may be weak or repetitive.

 

The response begins with a topic sentence that identi?es the work by title and author and states a response to the work. The body explores the response through expressing thoughts and feelings. Some reasons are explored and supporting examples given. The conclusion brings the response to a satisfactory close.

 

The response begins with a clear topic sentence that identi?es the work by title, author, and genre, and states an overall response to the work. The body explores the overall response through expressing thoughts and feelings, by giving reasons, and by supporting points with examples from the work. The conclusion leaves the reader with a question, a quotation, a fresh insight, or another memorable impression.

Elements of Responses to Literature

The writing does not deepen the writer’s or the reader’s understanding of the work. The response unnecessarily retells the work or fails to summarize when necessary. Words are misused or create confusion.

 

The writing does little to deepen the writer’s or the reader’s understanding of the work. The response may also unnecessarily retell the work or fail to summarize when necessary. Word choice is vague.

 

The writing offers some degree of new in- sight into the work. The response summarizes the work to clarify main points but may also unnecessarily retell the work. Word choice is generally precise.

 

The purpose of expressing feelings and thoughts, and thereby deepening the writer’s and the reader’s understanding of the work, is achieved. The response summarizes the work as needed to clarify main points but does not retell the work. Word choice is consistently precise, vivid, or expressive.

Personal Connection

The writer doesn’t make any personal connections between the work and themselves and the world around them.

The writer makes personal connections between the work and themselves and the world around them, but the connection is unclear.

The writer makes personal connections between the work and themselves and the world around them, in a clear manner.

The writer makes personal connections between the work and their life experience(s), their view of the world, the world around them (family, economically, socially, etc.), and personal values  using multiple examples from the work and the world.

Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, and Spelling

Numerous and serious errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling make it dif?cult to understand the response. Titles of works are not correctly punctuated.

Several errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling make it dif?cult to understand parts of the response. Titles of works are not correctly punctuated.

 

 

There are some errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling. Titles of works are correctly punctuated.

 

There are few or no errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling. Titles of works are correctly punctuated throughout.

 

 

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TOTAL FINAL POINTS OUT OF 20 ______

 

FINAL GRADE______