Native American Storytelling Seeks to Explain the Heavens


Teachers may use their own rubrics to assess student mastery, or use the one following.

  • A demonstrated understanding of the role of myth in human cultures.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the comparisons and contrasts between myths of different cultures.
  • Use of imagery and colorful language in rewriting an origin story.  
  • Correct use of the stages of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, publishing).
  • Correct use of writing mechanics.
  • The steps followed to construct a star finder from a given pattern, black construction paper, and push pins will be assessed.
  • The correct plotting of the constellations within the night heavens will be assessed after viewing using the star finder.



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1 point

Sentence structure

Student sentences are not complete, they are short and the verbs do not agree with the pronoun. Common mistake with present simple “to be” and simple present.

Sentences are complete and well structured. The verbs agree with the pronoun and the usage of the “to be”, present simple and present progressive is correct. 

Word choice

The selection of the vocabulary is poor but well applied. They use few adjectives to describe the celebration they chose. They make several mistakes.

The selection of the vocabulary is more complete and is well applied. They still make mistakes but not as many.  They use more adjectives to describe the celebration they chose.

Introductions sentence and description

Students are not able to use an introductory sentence in their writing. They begin by describing the celebration in 4-5 sentences

Students introduce the celebration in one complete sentence. After the introductory sentence they begin describing the celebration in 6-7 sentences.


They use one, poor, not well structured sentence to express, in a very limited, way an opinion.

They use more than one complete sentence to express their personal opinion. The conclusion is not as limited but has few mistakes.


Students present their writings written in computer, using the correct font that has been required. No clarity and cleanness.

No folder.

Students present their writings in computer, using the font that has been required, clarity, cleanness and the assigned color folder.