In general, the major part of a creative writing score should be based on how well the student achieved the goal of the lesson. For example,
–did he write an engaging dialogue that reveals character?
–does his journal entry reveal the mind of the writer pondering over issues of life?
–does her writing from another’s point of view actually show the point a believable point of view of the chosen character?
A standard part of the score can be based upon mechanics–spelling, punctuation, standard word use. But if the grading is based on a first draft, most of it should be based upon the former.
I’ll include two fictional samples of students writing about a dream someone had. I wonder which of the two deserves a better score on a first draft? Imagine that these students are in grades 5-8.
Jonny had a dreem one nighte he dremed that he was fying. He landed in a tree a berd cam and sed kenyou fly with me jonny said show me how.
The birb said watch he soared and divd and landed on the water. So jonne did the same he lanched off uv the tree by jumpin and lo he cud fly! He spred his wings and he cud sor! The air crunts held him up with no iffort on his part. Nexed he tried the water he wusn’t shure how it’d work but he went down here goes! Sure enough when he landed he floated.
But he cunt take off from the water his skin soaked up and he stated to sink. Before he downed he woke up in a wet swet.
Jonny hopes he can fy again the end
Jack went to sleep one night. During the night he had a dream. It was a nightmare.
In Jack’s nightmare, he dreamed that he could fly (he just dreamed it; he couldn’t really fly). He imagined that he held out his arms and floated through the air. He flew really high. He flew so high that he flew beside an airplane! The pilot looked out the window of the plane and saw Jack! Then the pilot flew away and Jack flew lower in the sky.
Jack wondered how it was that he could fly. He could not figure it out. He hoped that he could still fly after he woke up.
Jack flew around some trees and over the roofs of some houses. He saw some horses and cows below him. He also saw some birds and tried to fly after them, but he couldn’t fly that fast.
Jack woke up and realized he had just had a dream that was a nightmare.