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The Making of a Knight

Summary Rubric

Summary Rubric

1 Novice

2 Apprentice

3 Proficient

4 Distinguished

Ideas and Content

• Does not cite the title or author of the work

• No mention of the main idea of the story/ article

• States few or no significant details without paraphrasing

• Uses no transitions




• Cites the title or author of the work

• Somewhat mentions the main idea of the story/ article

• States few significant details by paraphrasing

• Uses few transitions



• Cites the title and author of the work

• Expresses the main idea of the story/ article

• States some significant details by paraphrasing

• Uses some transitions




• Clearly cites the title and author of the work

• Accurately expresses the main idea of the story/ article

• Fully states the most significant details by paraphrasing

Successfully uses transitions



Summary Examples: Rate each of the below summaries according to the above rubric.
In The Making of a Knight by Patrick O’Brien, Sir James had always wanted to be a knight since he was a little boy. His dad sent him off to Lord Hawkes’s castle to become a page where he served food and learned many skills. Next, he became a squire, serving Sir Thomas. After that, he himself became a noble knight where he proved himself jousting. Finally, he became a knight-errant, setting off on a new adventure!
He had to get himself a squire. Then he went off, saying goodbye to loved ones and by himself as a knight-errant.
In The Making of a Knight by Patrick O’Brien, a young boy named James wanted to become a knight and pretended to be one. One day, his Father said that to be a knight he would first need to become a page. As a page, he learned chivalry, music, reading, writing, horsemanship, and served dinner at the castle. After successfully being a page, James was assigned a specific knight to serve; he was now a squire. As a squire, he learned falconry, took care of the armor and weapons, and took care of his knight in battle. At the age of twenty-one, the king finally dubbed James as a knight. As a knight, he obtained his own armor, won a fair lady’s heart, and competed in jousts and other tournament events. Eventually, James gained his own squire and decided to go out and look for adventure and fortune as a knight-errant.
In The Making of a Knight, becoming a knight takes a while to do because you go through a process. First, you become a page, second you become a squire, next you become a knight, and last you become a knight-errant. It all pays off because they get to do what they want.


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