Myths and Realties
When Not to Respond
Designing Writing Assignments
Commenting: Margins and End
Commenting on Drafts
An Effective Rubric
Rubric for Lab Experiments
Rubric for Metamorphosis Paper
Rubric for Projects
Differences between Rubrics
Process for Designing
Advice from Experienced Teachers
Helping Students Learn Editing
Helping Students Learn to Fix Errors
Overview of Rhetorical Context
Discipline Specific Resources
(From Jon A. Leydens and Paul Santi, “Optimizing Faculty Use of Writing as a Learning Tool in Geoscience Education,” [in press] The Journal of Geoscience Education.)
1 - Exemplary
2 - Proficient
3 - Apprentice
4 - Novice
Format / layout / organization
Report tells a very clear, coherent story with excellent transitions
Report is clear and tells a coherent story, strong throughout
Report has some gaps in story, some weak sections
Report is poorly organized, missing key sections
Report is virtually error-free, and contains few if any reader distractions
Report is logical and easy to read, and may contain a few errors causing minimal reader distraction
Report is generally clear, but distracting errors and flow make it difficult to follow at times
Report contains many distracting mistakes, making it generally difficult to follow
Every idea or conclusion is logically supported by relevant facts, and includes judgment of the reliability of data
Every idea or conclusion is logically supported by relevant facts
Relates ideas and conclusions to facts or concepts taught as fact
Opinion and fact not clearly separated. Basis for opinions is unclear at times.
Figures / Tables
All figures and tables are easy to understand, and are clearly linked to the text.
Story can be told almost entirely through figures.
All figures and tables can be understood with information given and are linked to text. One or more need improvement.
May need more figures to tell the story.
Figures and/or tables are hard to understand, are not all linked to text. Several need improvement.
Several more figures are needed to tell story.
Figures are hard to understand, and are not adequate to advance the story.
Tables are not useable as presented.
All sources identified and referenced appropriately. Evidence of careful and thorough research for outside information.
All sources identified and referenced appropriately. Includes mostly readily available works.
All sources identified. Only readily-available works included. Some weaknesses in referencing, such as missing publisher information.
Sources not identified, not sufficiently thorough, not referenced properly, or not used.
Typical Grade (average):