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Creating a Rubric to Evaluate Projects

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Creating a Rubric to Evaluate Projects

Rubric Sheet
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A student created this rubric for a video project on the U.S. Westward Expansion. Note how the student copied his goal and objectives from the planning sheet that he had created (and his teacher had approved) at the beginning of the project.

Even if you haven't filled out a planning sheet for a project, you can quickly build a simple rubric to evaluate it. Go step by step through the first "Your Turn" activity below.

Your Turn Create a rubric to evaluate a project. Download the blank rubric template at the bottom of this minilesson.

  • If you have created a planning sheet for this project, copy the Goal and Objectives into the first column, and your rubric is ready!
  • If not, write the project Goal in the top box of the left column. (The goal is a sentence or two telling what the project is supposed to do and why.) Then complete the project Objectives by answering the 5 W's and H:
    1. Who is supposed to work on this project?
    2. What is this project's form? (report, video, diorama)
    3. Where should the project be done?
    4. When should the project be ready?
    5. Why is this project being done?
    6. How should the project be completed?

Your Turn Evaluate a project using your rubric.

  1. Goal and Objectives: Complete the first column as indicated in the previous "Your Turn."
  2. Evaluation: In the second column, describe how well the project met the goal and objectives.
  3. Rating: In the third column, circle a number to indicate whether the project Beat, Met, or Didn't meet the goal and each objective.
  4. Score: In the final column, write the scores you chose and add them for a total percentage score:
    • 100 or more = A+ (exceptional)
    • 90-99 = A (excellent)
    • 80-89 = B (good)
    • 70-79 = C (average)
    • 60-69 = D (below average)
    • 59 or less = F (not acceptable)
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From pages 302-303 in Inquire Middle School

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