Elements of a Novel and Narrative Writing
Narrative Assignment and Rubric
LITERARY
ELEMENT
Level Four
Level Three
Level Two
Level One
Plot and
Conflict
Well
developed;
engaging;
action is well
paced
Developed, but
could be more
engaging;
pacing is slow
Evident, but
weak
Not Evident
Imagery
Vivid
description;
strong use of
figurative
language
Description
includes
figurative
language
Evident, but
weak
Not Evident
Structure
Organized and
well
developed;
exceeds
standard
requirements
Organized, but
needs more
development;
meets standard
requirements
Organized, but weak.
Disorganized
Setting
Exceeds
standard
requirements;
specific and
vivid
Meets the
standard
requirements;
specific, but
needs
elaboration
Mentioned, but not developed
Not Evident
Characters
Well
developed;
with vivid
details and
concrete
language
Developed;
portrays
character with
a limited
adjustment to
new setting
Developed, but
not past the
literary text
Underdeveloped

Comments:

Rubric is adapted from Ohio Department of Education