Rubrics are commonly used tools to set expectations and assess student work.
Rubrics are especially useful when grading written work, as they provide a template for grading each student, even when their writing style and topic may vary.
This lesson will provide you with examples for a rubric you can use when teaching and assessing research papers written by your students.
If you've ever taken a class, taught a class, or learned about teaching, you have probably seen a rubric.
The example rubric detailed in this lesson will use 5 categories.
Rubrics can be used to score work by assigning a point value to a student's performance in each of the categories.
Simple rubrics may merely give you the letter grade with one or two items listed next to each grade: So, when a teacher grades the paper and sees that the student displayed an inconsistent or superficial level of skill for criteria #1, "Researched information appropriately documented," he or she would give that kid 2 points for that criteria.
Then, he or she would move on to criteria #2 to determine if the student has enough outside info to represent a research process.
The example mentioned above would earn a zero in this category on the rubric.
A paper with a clear organizational style, good use of transitions, and natural progression of ideas would earn a three.