Narrative rubric

Rubric for Assessing Student Writing: Personal Narrative


• The writing expresses the views, thoughts,

or feelings of the writer.

• The significance or main idea of the views,

thoughts, or feelings is clear.

• The writing is organized in a way

appropriate to the purpose and audience.


• Ideas, opinions, and general statements are

supported by specific details.

• Vivid language is used to add interest to

the writing.

• Transition words help make the

organization clear.

Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics

• The writing is free of misspellings, and

words are capitalized correctly.

• Sentences are punctuated correctly, and the

piece is free of fragments and run-ons.

• The paper is neat, legible, and presented in

an appropriate format.

Write your name in runes (Viking style)

Runes are the characters of the alphabet used by the Vikings and other Germanic peoples from about the second to the 15th centuries A.D. Some runes vaguely resemble letters in our own alphabet; others look more like symbols. All had meaning to the Vikings, who carved them into their so-called rune stones—large monuments that honor the memory, and the names, of Norsemen past.

John Cabot: Explorer

John Cabot (about 1450-1499) was an Italian-born English explorer and navigator. In Italy, he is known as Giovanni Caboto (which is his original name).
Cabot was born in Italy but moved to England in 1495. At the request of King Henry VII of England, Cabot sailed to Canada in 1497, commanding the small ship called “Matthew.” Cabot landed near Labrador, Newfoundland, or Cape Breton Island (the exact spot is uncertain) on June 24, 1497. One of John Cabot’s three sons, the explorer Sebastian Cabot, accompanied him on this trip. Cabot claimed the land for England.

Cabot explored the Canadian coastline and named many of its islands and capes. The mission’s purpose was to search for a Northwest passage across North America to Asia (a seaway to Asia). Cabot was unsuccessful, although he thought that he had reached northeastern Asia.

Cabot undertook a second, larger expedition in 1498. On this trip, Cabot may have reached America, but that is uncertain. Cabot’s expeditions were the first of Britain’s claims to Canada.

John Cabot died in England in 1499.