The Mandala Project Rubric Categories

Mandalas will be graded based upon the following criteria:

  • Your base structure of your mandala should be a series of geometric shapes. The primary, and largest, shape must be a geometric shape.  Within there must be an arrangement of smaller geometric shapes.
  • All geometric shapes must be PRECISE. The craftsmanship in general should be precise.
  • The Mandala should use colors meaningfully. Meaning, you should be able to explain why you chose the colors you chose.
  • All visuals beyond the base structure should be purposeful and powerful. Meaning, there should be a rationale for everything present in your Mandala and that rationale should be of great significance to you. Further, the images should be aesthetically pleasing in presentation.
  • The Mandala should reflect great creative effort!
  • The Mandala should reflect great overall effort!
  • The Mandala should reflect you!

Allegorical Short Fiction will be graded upon the following:

  • Allegory: Your short story should reflect common characteristics of an allegory per the link posted at the beginning of this project.
  • Theme: Your short story should reflect you and some aspect of your Self as the primary subject for the allegory.
  • Characterization:  Characters are well-developed through dialogue, actions or thoughts.
  • Point of view: One point of view is used consistently throughout the story.  Further, the point of view is the product of a conscious choice.
  • Grammar/Usage/Mechanics:  Correct grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation and capitalization are used. Use of strong vocabulary is evident. Sentences vary in length and type.
  • Organization:  While this story may not have the traditional beginning, middle, and end, there should still be a logical and consciously chosen organization to the narrative.
  • Conflict: Clearly established and developed yet not necessarily resolved.
  • Creativity: The story contains many creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader’s enjoyment. The author has really used his/her imagination. There is evidence of vivid sensory imagery and figurative language to help paint the scenes of your narrative.
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