Narrative Writing Rubric
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8th Grade
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Establish Initial Context
whole document
W.8.3a
Writing: Text Types and Purposes: Narrative Writing
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Overall Story Structure
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W.8.3a
Writing: Text Types and Purposes: Narrative Writing
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Develop Story
whole document
W.8.3b
Writing: Text Types and Purposes: Narrative Writing
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Transitions/Links
whole document
W.8.3c
Writing: Text Types and Purposes: Narrative Writing
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
Vivid Language
whole document
W.8.3d
Writing: Text Types and Purposes: Narrative Writing
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
Conclusion (  )
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W.8.3e
Writing: Text Types and Purposes: Narrative Writing
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.


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