Trait Rubric - Voice
The writer speaks directly to the reader in a way that is individual, compelling and engaging. The writer is aware and respectful of the audience and the purpose for writing.
- A. The reader feels a strong interaction with the writer, sensing the person behind the words.
- B. The writer takes a risk by revealing who they are and what they think.
- C. The writing makes you think about and react to the author's point of view.
The writer seems sincere, but not fully engaged or involved. The result is pleasant or even personable, but not compelling.
- A. The writing communicates in an earnest, pleasing manner.
- B. Only one or two moments here or there surprise, delight, or move the reader.
- C. The writer seems aware of an audience but weighs ideas carefully and discards personal insights in favor of safe generalities.
The writer seems indifferent, uninvolved, or distanced from the topic and/or audience. As a result, the paper reflects more than one of the following problems:
- A. The writer speaks in a kind of monotone that flattens all potential highs or lows of the message.
- B. The writing is humdrum and risk-free.
- C. The writer is not concerned with the audience, or the writer's style is a complete mismatch for the intended reader.
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