# Historical Diaries and Letters Rubric—Middle and High School

 4 3 2 1 Content: Historical Accuracy I include numerous specific references to I include several specific references to I include specific references to people, places, I include very few references to people, places, well-documented people, places, and events of the time period. well-documented people, places, and events of the time period. and events of the time period, but some references are inaccurate. and events, and most of the references are inaccurate. Content: Research I thoroughly research the person and time period. I research the person and time period. I investigate My research on the person and time period is somewhat My research is brief and superficial. I use primary and secondary sources. I investigate alternate views and alternative points of view about historical people and events. superficial. interpretations of historical people and events. Content: Conclusions I use the information from my research to make I use the information from my research to imagine I try to use the information from my research to I do not realistically imagine what might have inferences and draw conclusions that I use to imagine realistic, possible what realistically might have happened. imagine what might have happened, but some of my ideas do not fit very well happened. situations and thoughts made by the person whose point of view I am writing with the time period or the person. from. Writing Style My writing reflects the style of the historical My writing is appropriate for the time period and I try to write in a way that is appropriate for My writing does not reflect an understanding of period and the person’s point of view. the person. the time period and the person. the time period or the person’s point of view. Word Choice I use strong, specific verbs and nouns, along I use interesting words and figurative language to I try to use interesting words and figurative The language in my story is usually predictable with appropriate figurative language, to create detailed images in the keep readers interested in the journal or letter. language. and ordinary. readers’ minds and enhance the meaning of my diary or letter. Creativity I include unusual features that effectively I include some rather unusual features that make I try to include some features that make the I do not include any features to make the writing portray in surprising ways the book’s atmosphere and the character’s personality. the writing more interesting and unique. writing more interesting and unique, but the features I add are sometimes more interesting and unique. more distracting than effective. OR The features I add are distracting. Format My writing has the characteristics of the format My writing has most of the characteristics of the My writing has a few characteristics of the My writing does not have any features of the I chose (such as a date, Dear Diary, format I chose. format I chose. format I chose. greeting, and closing). Conventions I follow the conventions of writing, except to I follow the conventions of I try to follow the The errors in my writing are distracting and make portray accurately the historical period or the character’s personality. writing, and sometimes manipulate conventions to portray the historical conventions of writing, but some errors distract from the meaning. understanding what I am writing difficult. period or the character’s personality.