Class Constructed Grading Criteria for Personal Narrative

Good Personal Narratives:

Content:
Have a story that illustrates a complex theme
Have a theme a reader will care about
Support this theme with examples
Provide images/snapshots - readers can see what is in your mind's eye
Are full of details of setting (especially senses)
Are full of details of character (perhaps using a metaphor or dialogue to bring a character alive)
Show rather than tells (or just telling)
Give relatable experiences (or makes these experiences relatable through the story)
Provide enough background information
Organization:
Have an organization strategy such as chronology, flashback, circle back etc.
Flow (uses transitions to walk the reader through the essay)
May use a gut punch ending
Style:
Use concrete action verbs, and concrete nouns and adjectives
Have combined short sentences with small ideas (unless these sentences are emphatic)

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