I am designing a fiction writing contest for 13 and 14-year old EFL students. The students have very limited experience writing English and writing fiction.
I am developing the scoring sheet, on which the judges can evaluate the students. This must be very transparent and very fair.
So far, the scoring sheet only covers grammar and spelling, which has been the only focus of their lessons, so it might not be fair judge much more than that, but, as it might be possible that several students could submit a story with perfect grammar and spelling, then several students would have perfect scores.
It seems that I need some system for judging the quality of the storytelling as well, in a purely objective way. Is this possible?
- What components of a story can be judged?
- Can these aspects be judged objectively?