Poetry Writing Assignment and Rubric

Students use rubric to write a poem with Native American characteristics: repetition, rhythm,  metaphor, and lessons from nature.

 

1  - Novice

 

3  - Proficient

 

5  -  Advanced

Ideas and Voice

  Assigned topic is unclear, unfocused, or not about nature's lessons (May include random ideas)

  No clear voice

 

  Focuses on a single, assigned topic (Assigned topic may be understandable and about nature's lessons, but still fuzzy)

  Emerging voice

 

  Presents a fresh, original idea regarding the assigned topic (Focuses on the assigned topic by expressing lessons from nature)
Uses specific images

  Clear voice

Organization

  Fewer than three stanzas

  Illogical sequencing, or no sequencing 

 

  Three stanzas

  Logical sequencing

 

 

  Three or more stanzas developing topic

  Logical, effective organizational strategy

  Topic creatively and effectively presented

 

Word choice

  No or very limited figurative language and sensory imagery Limited vocabulary
Incorrect use of vocabulary

  No or limited use of metaphor, repetition, and rhythm

 

  Some figurative language and sensory imagery

  Wide, descriptive vocabulary creating images

  Correct  use of vocabulary
New and different words used with some success

  Some use of metaphor, repetition, and rhythm

 

  Good figurative language and sensory imagery

  Precise, original, fresh words

  Creates vivid images 

  Good use of metaphor, repetition, and rhythm

 

Poetry rubric adapted from:

http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/toolkits/downloads/HOL_Poetry_Rubric_1.doc

 

Grading Mostly in the 5 category = A or B depending on grammar and punctuation as well as item in rubric

 

Mostly in the 3 category = C or D depending on grammar and punctuation as well as item in rubric

 

Mostly in the 1 category = D or F depending on grammar and punctuation as well as item in rubric