CATEGORY

Excellent (A)

Good (B)

Satisfactory (C)

Needs Improvement (D)

Writing Process

Student devotes a lot of time and effort to the writing process (prewriting, drafting, reviewing, and editing). Works hard to make the play wonderful.

Student devotes sufficient time and effort to the writing process (prewriting, drafting, reviewing, and editing). Works and gets the job done.

Student devotes some time and effort to the writing process but was not very thorough. Does enough to get by.

Student devotes little time and effort to the writing process. Doesn't seem to care.

Problem and Conflict

It is very easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face and why it is a problem. The story’s problem is developed very well.

It is fairly easy for the reader to understand the problem the main characters face and why it is a problem. The story’s problem is mostly developed.

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. The story’s problem may not be developed clearly.

It is not clear what problem the main characters face. The problem is not developed.

Resolution or Moral

The solution to the character's problem is easy to understand, and is logical. There are no loose ends.

The solution to the character's problem is easy to understand, and is somewhat logical.

The solution to the character's problem is a little hard to understand.

No solution is attempted or it is impossible to understand.

Story Development & Action

Lots of realistic action is used to push the plot along.  The story seems exciting!

There is realistic action, but it may not be enough to make the story as exciting as it could be.

There is action present and it is realistic, but it may not be in a very exciting way.

Not a whole lot happens, and it may or may not be realistic. The story seems a little boring.

Dialogue

The characters’ speech is very realistic and fully developed. Words choices are varied. There is an appropriate amount of dialogue to bring the characters to life and it is always clear which character is speaking.

The dialogue is mostly realistic and mostly fresh. There is mostly enough dialogue in this story, and it is generally clear which character is speaking.

Dialogue is satisfactorily developed and is satisfactorily realistic. There may not be quite enough dialogue in this story, and/or it is not always clear who is speaking.

Dialogue seems largely undeveloped, redundant, and/or unrealistic. It is not clear which character is speaking.

Focus on Cause

The entire play is related to the cause and allows the reader to understand much more about the topic by empathizing with the characters’ plights.

Most of the play is related to the cause. The play wanders off at one point, but the reader can still learn something about the topic by empathizing with the characters’ plights.

Some of the play is related to the cause, but a reader does not learn much about the topic by empathizing with the characters’ plights.

No attempt has been made to relate the play to the cause topic by empathizing with the characters’ plights.

Spelling and Punctuation.

There are no spelling or punctuation errors in the final draft

There are no more than five spelling or punctuation errors in the final draft.

There are 5-10 spelling and punctuation errors in the final draft.

The final draft has many spelling and punctuation errors

Creativity

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

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

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

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

Format & Neatness

The final draft of the play is readable, clean, neat and attractive. It follows the format correctly. It looks like the author took great pride in it.

The final draft of the play is readable, neat and attractive. It follows the format mostly correctly. It looks like the author took some pride in it.

The final draft of the play is readable and some of the pages are attractive. It looks like parts of it might have been done in a hurry.

The final draft is not neat or attractive. It looks like the student just wanted to get it done and didn't care what it looked like.

Requirements

All of the requirements were met: Pre-writing on Dramatica Pro, Plot Graph, Scene Development, Character Desires, & Proper Format.

Almost all (about 90%) the requirements were met: Pre-writing on Dramatica Pro, Plot Graph, Scene Development, Character Desires, & Proper Format.

Most (about 75%) of the requirements were met, but several were not. (Pre-writing on Dramatica Pro, Plot Graph, Scene Development, Character Desires, & Proper Format.)

Many requirements were not met. (Pre-writing on Dramatica Pro, Plot Graph, Scene Development, Character Desires, & Proper Format.)