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It should be approximately one page in length.
You might need a rubric if…
1. Task Description
The task description usually involves a performance of some kind (i.e., paper, poster, presentation), and is usually found in the course syllabus as well. The description of the task at hand should be at the top of the rubric. It may also be on a separate sheet of paper if the task is longer than a paragraph.
The scale is specific terms used to describe the levels of performance. The terms should be precise and clear. There are typically between 3-5 descriptive terms.
3. Dimensions or Components
The rubric can clarify for students how their task can be broken down into components (i.e., grammar, analysis, factual content, research techniques, organization) as well as how much weight each component carries. By adding percentages or points to each component, each aspect of the task is further emphasized according to your expectations. Components should not describe quality (i.e., Organization, not Good Organization).
4. Description of Dimensions/Components
The description tells the students what you expect to see in each component of the task relative to your grading scale. It further explains your expectations.
Take the time to reflect on what you want from your students, why we created this assignment, what happened last time we gave this assignment, and what are expectations are.
Focus on the particular details of the assignment and what specific learning objectives we hope to see in the completed assignment.
3. Grouping and Labeling
Organize the results of our reflections in stages 1 and 2, grouping similar expectations together in what will probably become the rubric dimensions.
Apply the dimensions and descriptions from stage 3 to the final form fo the rubric, using a grid format.
*Rubric information adapted from Danielle Stevens and Antonia Levi, Introduction to Rubrics, Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2005.
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