T.E417

Monologue Creation

Monologue Creation

Using the photo prompt “The Beggar’s Dog,” each student will write a monologue of at least 150 words from a perspective other than his or her own (for example, from the perspective of the old man, the dog, or a bystander). The monologue must focus on one of the provided universal themes and share a message about this theme. The monologue will include stage directions that enhance the reader’s understanding of the character.

This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

TEACHER SCORING RUBRIC

  • Dimension
  • Character

  • Voice

  • Diction

  • Structure

  • Creates Meaning from Image

  • Grammar and Spelling

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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Thoughts, feelings, attitudes, personality, and context of the speaker, doesn’t reflect the character chosen. Work is confusing and details do not help express the goal of this exercise.

    N/A at this time.
  • Thoughts, feelings, attitudes, personality, and context of the speaker reflect the character chosen with good insight and good detail. Need to use these characteristics better to convey ideas.

    N/A at this time.
  • Thoughts, feelings, attitudes, personality, and context of the speaker reflect the character chosen with purposeful insight and useful detail.

    N/A at this time.
  • Thoughts, feelings, attitudes, personality and context of the speaker reflect the character chosen with deep insight and vivid detail.

    N/A at this time.
  • Has difficulty communicating in the voice of the speaker throughout the monologue. The reader constantly questions who is speaking.

    N/A at this time.
  • Communicates in the voice of the speaker throughout most of the monologue. There are several instances where the reader questions who is speaking.

    N/A at this time.
  • Communicates in the voice of the speaker throughout most of the monologue. There are a few instances where the reader questions who is speaking.

    N/A at this time.
  • Communicates in the voice of the speaker throughout the entire monologue. There is no question as to who is speaking.

    N/A at this time.
  • Language used to communicate ideas is not controlled and leads to difficulty understanding the work.

    N/A at this time.
  • Language used to communicate ideas is clear but sometimes over-expressed.

    N/A at this time.
  • Language used to communicate ideas is clear, well chosen, complex, and figurative.

    N/A at this time.
  • Language used to communicate ideas is clear, tight, very complex, and figurative.

    N/A at this time.
  • The structure of the monologue is not constant throughout the text. Stage directions are absent from the work.

    N/A at this time.
  • The structure of the monologue is constant throughout the text but weak. Stage directions are present but do not enhance understanding of the character or help the performer to perform the piece.

    N/A at this time.
  • The structure of the monologue is constant throughout the text but needs to be more effective in some parts. Stage directions help the reader and assist a performer in creating the character.

    N/A at this time.
  • The structure of the monologue is constant throughout the text and is used effectively. Stage directions enhance the reader’s understanding of the character and allow for the writer’s artistic vision to be realized.

    N/A at this time.
  • The work rarely reflects the universal theme, situations, and ideas of the image.

    N/A at this time.
  • The work somewhat reflects the universal theme, situations, and ideas of the image.

    N/A at this time.
  • The work adequately reflects the photograph including the universal theme, situations, and ideas of the image.

    N/A at this time.
  • The work reflects, with deep insight, the photograph including the universal theme, situations, and ideas of the image.

    N/A at this time.
  • Many errors in sentence structure, spelling, or grammar. Errors affect the understanding of the text.

    N/A at this time.
  • Some errors in sentence structure, spelling, or grammar. Errors affect the reader.

    N/A at this time.
  • Some errors in sentence structure, spelling, or grammar. Errors do not affect the reader.

    N/A at this time.
  • Sentence structure, spelling, and grammar are impeccable.

    N/A at this time.
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