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Autobiographical Short Story

Directions: This assignment is to compose a brief story detailing one aspect of your life through the telling of a moment. This is not meant to be the epic tale of your entire life. Please choose a "snapshot” from your life to feature in a story. Feel free to make it humorous, use sarcasm, make it dramatic, etc.

The requirements are:

  • Chose one memory to use to tell a story about you that is political, religious, or developmental in nature. (So, your story can have to do with a religious experience, a political point of view, or have to do with your personal growth as you have been growing up.)
  • Compose a story that is no longer than five pages in length, typed, double-spaced, and no smaller than 12 pt font.
  • Give your story a title and a by line.
  • Go through the writing process and have fun!

Category Advanced Proficient Meets Standard Below Standard
Pre-write
  • Synthesizes ideas from multiple sources to illustrate or explain a concept.
  • Paper is concentrated on a specific thesis.
  • Method of organization deliberately fits the paper's theme.
  • Shows many ideas were generated.
  • Paper is focused and narrowed to one aspect of topic.
  • Ideas are clearly organized.
  • Shows adequate ideas were generated.
  • Paper is focused and narrowed to one aspect of topic.
  • Ideas are organized.
  • Shows few or no ideas generated.
  • Paper is focused and narrowed to one aspect of topic.
  • Ideas are clearly organized.
Rough Draft and Revising
  • Author has first draft that provides more than enough writing to work with.
  • Author has shown competency in ability to revise work by removing all superfluous information and adding necessary explanation to give a complete picture.
  • Author has first draft that provides more than enough writing to work with.
  • Author has shown competency in ability to revise work
  • Author has first draft that provides enough writing to work with.
  • Author has shown ability to revise work
  • Author has a first draft that is just begun or is missing.
  • Author has limited revising not revised at all.
Editing and Final Copy
  • Includes all elements required in assignment description and shows evidence of research/synthesis to deepen your understanding of the subject as shown through your evaluation.
  • Final copy is free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Author has provided a professional final copy with academic integrity, meaning MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual rules are followed.
  • Includes all elements required in assignment description and shows evidence of deliberate decision making on the part of the author.
  • Final copy is free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Author has provided a clean, professional final copy with a title and by-line.
  • Includes all required elements in assignment description.
  • Final has few errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Author has provided a clean, professional final copy with a title and by-line.
  • Is missing more than one of the required elements in assignment description.
  • Final copy has many errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Author has provided a final copy that is unprofessional and/or lacks a title or by-line.
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