Scoring Guide for Whining






The purpose of the whine is to get a group response.

The target of the whine responds immediately to the full intention of the whine.

The whine may have multiple purposes or targets.

There is full audience participation.

Your audience extends beyond the boundaries of the initial whine.

The whine was seemingly endless, possibly carrying on for days.

The pitch of the whine oscillated through the entire frequency range, beyond human hearing, causing neighborhood dogs to howl.

Full volume, audible over a jet engine at full throttle


The purpose of the whine is clear.

There is a clear target of the whine.

The goal of the whine is achieved.

Everybody in the area noticed your whine.

Many people participated in the whine.

Duration of the whine is enough to engage audience.

Pitch is high, like fingernails on a chalkboard.

Whine is audible over classroom noise.


There is a purpose to the whine.

The whine achieves its goal from the target through sympathy, guilt or frustration.

Most of the people turned to hear your whine.

Some people joined your whine.

Whine lasts five seconds or more.

The pitch of the whine varies.

The whine can be heard over the teacher’s voice.


There is a purpose to the whine, but it failed to achieve its goal.

The whine may establish some sympathy for the whiner.

Your whine was noticed by some people.

One or two people joined your whine.

The whine is heard but fades out.

The pitch is flat and lifeless.


The whine doesn’t seem to have a purpose.

The whine gets little attention from the target.

A few people joined your whine, but nobody really paid attention to it. The whine is barely audible.


There is no purpose of the whine.

The whine is not directed at a target.

Nobody noticed, nobody cared. The whine is little more than a whimper.

Source: Tillamook School District

May 1997


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