Lyric Poem Rubric

See the lyric poem assignment here. 

For your lyric poem, you will not be graded on completion. You will be graded according to the following rubric. Any piece of writing contains six traits:

  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Conventions
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence (or line) fluency
  • Voice

In your lyric poem, you will be graded on three of these traits:

  • Word Choice
  • Organization
  • Ideas

Here is the breakdown of your 20 point poem:

Total ________/20

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Imagery ________/5 (Six Traits: Word Choice)

  • Does the writer paint clear, specific, see-able pictures?
  • Does the writer use concrete details to enrich images?
  • Does the poem contain a variety of different, possibly contrasting images?
  • Does the poem draw on the five senses to recreate an experience?

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Words ________/5 (Six Traits: Word Choice)

  • Do the writer use specific nouns and active verbs?
  • Does the writer avoid clichés or “word packages”?
  • Does the writer pay attention to the sounds of words?
  • Do different words interact with each other in interesting ways?

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Lines ________/5 (Six Traits: Organization)

  • Does the poem include some enjambments?
  • Do the length of lines vary in ways that contribute to the poem’s meaning?
  • Does the writer create pattern or meaning with the words that end lines?
  • Do the lines “move” in interesting, varied directions?

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Turns ________/5 (Six Traits: Ideas)

  • Does the poem contain several turns but not too many?
  • Is there a meaningful turn at the end of the poem?
  • Are the turns surprising or subtle? Do they engage the reader?
  • Does the poem turn in different places (ex, last line of a stanza, middle of a line, first line of a new stanza…)?

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