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Sample Rubric

 Score 1Score 2Score 3Score 4
Content Knowledge    
Demonstrates understanding of a relevant civic issueDemonstrates no or minimal understandingDemonstrates some understandingDemonstrates competent understandingDemonstrates high and complex understanding
Uses inquiry skills to identify and clarify a civic issueHas limited inquiry skillsHas some inquiry skillsHas competent inquiry skillsHas highly effective and unique inquiry skills
Connects the civic issue to personal life and the communityNo connection is established between the civic issue and the communityA basic connection is established between the civic issue and the communityA good connection is established between the civic issue and the communityA strong and insightful connection is established between the civic issue and the community
Demonstrates and applies knowledge of the new vocabulary termsDemonstrates no application or knowledge of the new vocabularyDemonstrates some application or knowledge of the new vocabularyDemonstrates a good application or knowledge of the new vocabularyDemonstrates strong application or knowledge of the new vocabulary
Action plan is completeAction plan does little to address the problems of the civic issueAction plan contains some ideas to address the civic issueAction plan addresses the civic issue wellAction plan has excellent ideas to address the civic issue, and has thorough information regarding dates, times, etc.
Writing/Presentation Skills    
Writing shows voiceWriting shows no voiceWriting shows a little bit of voiceWriting shows some voiceWriting shows excellent voice
Writing is clearWriting is hard to followWriting is somewhat difficult to follow, but the main points are evidentWriting is good and the main points are clear and somewhat supportedWriting is strong and clear; main points are evident and very strongly supported
Writing is persuasiveWriting demonstrates no persuasive elements or termsWriting demonstrates some persuasive elements or termsWriting demonstrates many persuasive elements or termsWriting demonstrates many strong persuasive elements or terms
Presentation is well-organizedPresentation has no or little flow and is not organizedPresentation has a little bit of flow and some attempts at organizationPresentation has good organization and is easy to followPresentation is extremely well organized and engaging to the reader
Presentation is unique and creativePresentation shows no or little creativityPresentation shows an attempt at creativityPresentation shows some creativityPresentation shows exceptional creativity
Collaborative Work    
Quality of workWork needs much checking and revision by group members; does not meet assignment’s requirementsWork needs some checking and revision by group members; needs to be a little more completed to meet the assignment’s requirementsWork needs minimal checking and revision by group members; meets requirements of assignmentWorks needs virtually no checking or revision by group members; meets requirements of assignment
Ability to work in a groupHas much difficulty working with other group members; does not contribute to group workHas some or no difficulty working with other group members; participates minimally in group workHas little difficulty working with other group members; contributes a good amount to group workHas no difficulty working with other group members; contributes significantly to group work; knows how to lead the group to success
Focus on the taskRarely focuses on the task. Lets others do the workSometimes loses focus on the task; needs to be prodded by other group membersHas good focus on the task and can be relied upon by other group membersConsistently is focused on the task; extremely reliable and self-directed
AttitudePossesses a negative attitude toward the project and does not want to work with group membersPossesses a lukewarm attitude toward the project and group membersPossesses a positive attitude toward the project and group membersPossesses a highly positive and energetic attitude toward the project and working in his/her group

Enrichment Extension:

  1. As a class, develop and implement an awareness campaign for your school to address this (or another) local environmental issue. Survey the student body to determine if this (or what) is a pressing environmental need. Develop a plan of action around this issue.

Fun Activities:

  1. Create a T-shirt design promoting philanthropy in your community to help the recycling movement.
  2. Play a game of Jenga and compare and contrast using a Venn-diagram how Jenga is alike (or unlike) working together as a community
  3. Create a crossword puzzle or board game entitled “Philanthropist.”

Notes:

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