4 Narrative Composition
Holistic Score Scale
exhibits a strong command of narrative writing. The response is
focused and has an effective sequencing of events and clear progression
of ideas. The writer provides specific, relevant details to support
ideas. The composition is unified and well elaborated. The writer's
organization provides a clear strategy or controlled plan; the
composition progresses logically and has a sense of overall completeness.
exhibits a reasonable command of narrative writing. The response
is focused and establishes progression of ideas and events although
minor lapses in focus and progression may be present. The composition
contains elaboration and support in the form of specific details.
The composition may have minor weaknesses in coherence. The writer's
organization provides a reasonable sense of logical progression
and overall completeness.
exhibits a weak command of narrative writing. The response exhibits
some progression of ideas and events and provides some elaboration
and support. The elaboration is relevant but may be flawed. The
composition may not be evenly elaborated, having a list-like quality
with concrete supporting details. The composition may have little
connection between a controlling idea and supporting details relevant
exhibits a lack of command of narrative writing.
There is evidence
that the writer has read the prompt and attempted to respond to
it. The writer may attempt to support ideas, but there may be
not sense of strategy or control, the writer may exhibit skeletal
control but the response is too sparse to be scored higher than
a "1." The response may not sustain focus on the topic,
may lack clarity, and/or may have an inappropriate strategy.
This code may
be used for compositions that are entirely illegible or other
wise unscorable: blank responses, responses written in a
foreign language, restatement of the prompt, and responses that
are off topic or incoherent. The Scoring Director must give permission
for the use of "NS."
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