National LAL Official Assessment Rubric 2015-17
Iowa Judging Assessment Rubric All Levels
The best letters tell us:
- What you learned about yourself either while reading or after reading this author’s work. How you were changed and how you know it.
- What elements within the book—the author’s characters or setting or style of writing, for example—touched you emotionally or influenced your thoughts. Such letters give specific examples from the book.
- What insights about the world this book revealed to you.
Write honestly and in your own voice, as if you were having a conversation with the author. Those are the best letters to read and the most fun to write! Keep in mind these two tips:
- Correspond, don’t compliment! Your letter should inform rather than flatter the author. All FAN letters will be el eiminated!
- Do not summarize the book’s plot! Because you are writing to the author, don’t tell him or her what they already know—what the book is about! Instead, use clear and relevant details to explain how the author’s story affected you, what you learned and felt and understood that you didn’t prior to reading the author’s work. he Iowa Judging Forms are available in PDF format.
If you have any questions, contact the Coordinator of the Iowa Center for the Book.