Introduction, Conclusion, Topic Sentences of Paragraphs, Title (20%)

Body, Development, Organization (40%)

Vocabulary, Mechanics (Punctuation, Spelling, Capitalization, Grammar, Typos) 20%

Effort, Improvement, Presentation (20%)

Distinguished (or "WOW!")


Creative, professional introduction and conclusion; purpose is abundantly clear early on; conclusion finalizes purpose very strongly; purpose of review is obvious and fulfilled; compelling introduction; original topic sentences.  Compelling Title.

Requirements of review (four part structure) are met with professionalism. Reads like something from a published book review. Gives reader deep insight of author/work ;distinguished transitions. Persuades audience completely of purpose. Weaves essential facts and elements into persuasion artfully. Highly creative. Abundant with text-based evidence to support point.

Professional. Sophisticated. High level, active words are selected deliberately. There is no more than one mechanical error in the entire review. Sentence structure is varied.

Evidence of substantial time; student is working at highest potential; There are no errors in names or content. Student sought help in or out of class from teacher and or other students. Student chose a challenging topic. Revisions obvious.

Proficient (or "Pretty Decent") (16-18)

Solid introduction that uses "catchy" intro device; solid conclusion;  purpose of review is clear in intro; clear topic sentences. Review’s purpose is clear. Catchy title.

Requirements of review (four part structure) are met with sophistication. Could be published in book review section with some minor revisions. Gives reader vivid picture and deep understanding of author/work. Sophisticated transitions. Uses similes/metaphors; uses dialogue and description to illustrate event. Creative presentation of review with an appropriate amount of textual evidence.

Most vocabulary is sophisticated and used properly. There are no more than 3 mechanical errors.

Evidence of time. Student is working near highest potential; some improvement; polished presentation. Student sought help in or out of class. Revisions made.

Satisfactory (or "Fair")


Basic needs of introduction and conclusion are met though intent may not be totally clear; clear topic sentences; intro and conclusion meet minimum length requirement. May report facts without insight. Basic Title.

Requirements of review (four part structure) are barely met.  Gives reader a basic account of work and author with little or no insight or thought. The review may be predictable and/or awkward; not enough evidence from text to support point of view. Transitions are simple or lacking.

Uses simple words and takes few risks. Vocabulary may be somewhat dull and/or repetitive. Narrative  is legible but contains multiple errors.

Adequate amount of time is evident; similar errors in previous stories; little or no improvement; neat presentation. Some revisions made.

Unsatisfactory (or "Needs A Lot of Work")


Intro and/or conclusion is either too short, missing, or confusing. Topic sentences are missing or confusing. Reports facts without insight or opinion. Relies heavily on plot summary. Inappropriate or missing title.

Requirements of four part review are met in a simple way. Uses sweeping generalizations with no supporting examples; little or no evidence from text; missing or confusing transitions; no attempt to use similes/metaphors; information is unfocused or confusing; paragraphs too long, too  short, or  not indented.

Misuses basic vocabulary. Difficult to read because of a number of distracting errors.

Repeated errors; class-time was not used productively; little or no time or care; sloppy; little or no revision evident.

Total Score