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Unit 2 Short Story Analysis Essay Grading Rubric
EXEMPLARY
Ideas
Clearly identifies examples of
Symbol, Imagery, Foreshadowing,
and Situational Irony, and provides
insightful commentary about how the
author uses each to create meaning in
the story.

Structure

Use of Language
Conventions
Correctly uses Jane
Schaffer method
consistently throughout
essay
Introduces the topic clearly
and develops a strong
thesis; body paragraphs
develop the topic with
examples and details
leading to a perceptive
conclusion.
PROFICIENT
Identifies examples of Symbol,
Imagery, Foreshadowing, and
Situational Irony and is able to show
how the author uses each to create
meaning.


Uses Jane Schaffer method
throughout essay
Introduces a clear thesis,
uses detailed body
paragraphs, and provides a
conclusion that supports
the explanation.
EMERGING
Shows an incomplete understanding
of how to identify examples of
figurative language and concepts, and
a limited connection to meaning in the
story,


Essay is not well-organized
May have an unfocused
thesis, undeveloped body
paragraphs, and/or
inadequate conclusion
INCOMPLETE
The essay shows no understanding
of figurative language analysis, nor a
means of connecting language with
meaning in the story.
The essay is confusing and missing
key elements such as thesis or any
element of Schaffer method writing.
Uses no transitions to create clarity or
cohesion.
Consistently uses a formal style and
demonstrates a precise and
sophisticated use of terminology to
knowledgeably analyze the story.
Mostly uses a formal style and
demonstrates a correct use of literary
vocabulary to analyze the story.
Uses informal or inappropriate diction
and demonstrates limited use of
correct literary vocabulary to analyze
the story.
Exhibits little to no use of relevant
literary vocabulary of story analysis.
Has few or no errors in grammar,
spelling, and punctuation.
Contains some errors in spelling,
grammar or punctuation, but these do
not detract from meaning.
Contains errors that begin to detract
from the meaning of the writing.
Contains multiple errors in language
and conventions that interfere with the
meaning of the writing.