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Feedback Rubric

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This is just a guideline, designed to help anyone give feedback to anyone else. Use it, or portions of it, or not, as you like. Also, suggestions for improvement are always welcome.

 

This rubric is designed to make specific feedback easier to request, give reviewers a template to help them give valuable feedback, and to make the whole process less subjective. It is not possible to completely objectify quality in writing, of course, but to help along those who want to improve, we felt that some measurement of that improvement was necessary.

Level I Level II Level III
Characters The characters are believable. The characters are believable in their own right, interact in a fairly consistent manner, have some history and are not so extreme as to prevent the reader from relating to them. The characters take on a life of their own, are well thought out and act consistent to their own beliefs and experiences.
Dialogue The dialogue is realistic and gets across the meaning of the speaker as needed. The dialogue is realistic, flows with the story, is consistent with the character's point of view, and is spoken according to their background. The dialogue is realistic, flows with the story, and reflects what each speaker would want it to reflect. It accurately differentiates between speakers from different cultures or backgrounds through grammar, wording, similes and catechisms used.
Mechanics The work is understandable and has few major spelling or grammatical errors. The work is understandable and the flow is interrupted only occassionally, by typos or other minor errors. Whitespace is used. The work is understandable and no spelling or grammatical errors disrupt the flow of the piece. Whitespace is used.
Devices An attempt is made at using devices (repetition, foreshadowing, et cetera). Devices are used without coming across as forced or obvious. The devices used are just enough to make the piece better for them. (This could mean there are none).
Plot The plot makes sense and the story was interesting. There are few plot holes. The plot makes sense and was interesting. The story involves creativity and there is no undue confusion produced by the order or way in which it is told. The story is interesting and very creative. Everything happens in the order most conducive to the storytelling.
Planning Characters do not change personality without reason. There are little or no mistakes regarding described attributes. There appears to be thought put into tense and perspective. Plot holes are small and inconsequential. Characters do not change personality without reason. There are little or no mistakes regarding described attributes. The setting is well chosen. The choice of tense and perspective seems to be the best possible. There were no plotholes detected. Characters do not change personality without reason. There are no mistakes regarding described attributes. The setting is well chosen and possibly integral to the story.
Descriptive Describes the location, objects and characters. Describes the location and objects so that the reader understands what everything looks like. Characters are described thoroughly and soon after meeting. Description rarely interrupts the story's flow. Describes the location and objects so that the reader has a vivid image of characters and almost feels like they are there. Description is carefully woven so as to not interrupt the story's flow.

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