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RUBRIC SYMBOLGEOG 1301 ACTIVITY 1 RUBRIC

For Activity #1 you had the opportunity to play around with a number of the variables that make the earth what it is - size, spin, the presence of oceans and the relationship of the equator to the sun. The assignment required you to send a summary of your choices that included specific components. The following rubric explains the points you received based on the summary you sent.

___     Discusses four choices, reasons and results. (6 points max)

___     Makes specific and detailed connections to course content. (4 points max)

This is the part of the assignment in which you should show off how much you know. You should have already gone through the margin notes and presentations that deal with relevant topics so it should be easy to make those connections.

___     Correct spelling and grammar (No points counted off on 1st assignment.)

If necessary, work on your spelling and grammar before you start losing points.

___     Submitted by deadline OR ___ days late (Subtract 1 point per day late.)

I tend to be a bit more lenient than usual when I grade the first assignment. I know students aren’t sure initially what a professor expects so, for example, I might give the maximum points for an answer that really wasn’t fully developed, didn’t provide enough detail or etc. On future assignments I’ll use a rubric based on the assignment instructions as I’ve done here but I will hold students responsible for complying with all of the instructions. An assignment that includes words such as detailed, specific, discuss, explain, why, understanding, thorough, relevant concepts or etc, almost always requires an organized and in-depth response written in complete sentences and using correct spelling and grammar.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUBRIC SYMBOLGEOG 1301 ACTIVITY 2 RUBRIC

For Activity #2 you had to answer the question Should governments mandate solutions to climate change or should we rely on market forces to find solutions. The assignment required you to send comments that included specific components. The following rubric explains the points you received based on the comments you sent.

___     Answer exhibits an understanding of geographic concepts. (3 points max)

___     Answer reflects the information given in the assignment. (3 points max)

___     Makes specific and detailed connections to course content. (3 points max)

___     Uses correct spelling and grammar. (1 point max)

___     Submitted by deadline OR ___ days late (Subtract 1 point per day late.)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUBRIC SYMBOLGEOG 1301 ACTIVITY 3 RUBRIC

For Activity #3 you were required to complete an online exercise dealing with river discharge. The assignment required you to send specific items to me. The following rubric explains the points you received based on the items you sent.

_ _     Summary of discharge data table (3 points max)

_ _     Certificate of Completion (3 points max)

_ _     Specific and detailed connections to course content (2 points max)

_ _     Correct spelling and grammar (2 points max)

___     Submitted by deadline OR ___ days late (Subtract 1 point per day late.)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUBRIC SYMBOLGEOG 1301 ACTIVITY 4 RUBRIC

For Activity #4 you were asked to decide which supervolcano killed the creatures found in Nebraska's Ashfall Fossil Beds 10 million years ago. The assignment required you to send me a summary of your investigation results that included specific items. The following rubric explains the points you received based on the summary you sent.

_ _     Your answers to the six questions in the last section (3 points max)

_ _     Your completed Volcano Suspects Table (3 points max)

_ _     Specific and detailed connections to course content (2 points max)

_ _     Correct spelling and grammar (2 points max)

___     Submitted by deadline OR ___ days late (Subtract 1 point per day late.)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUBRIC SYMBOLGEOG 1301 CRITICAL THINKING ESSAY RUBRIC

Categories

4 points

3 points

2 points

1 point

POINTS

INTRODUCTION

reader engagement

explanation of topic

Well-developed intro engages reader and creates interest.

 

Contains well-defined and thorough explanation of topic.

Introduction creates interest but not well developed.

 

Contains an explanation of topic.

Intro is generic, creating little interest.

 

Contains adequate explanation of topic but is vague.

Intro is collection of random info not related to topic.

 

Explanation of topic is vague or unclear.

 

TOPIC

argument

main points

supporting examples

Argument logical and thoughtful.

 

Well-developed points directly relate to topic.

 

Supporting examples are concrete and detailed.

Argument present, adequate.

 

Main points relate to topic but don’t go beyond the obvious.

 

Supporting examples general and/or unspecific.

Argument present but weak.

 

Some main points are present but missing obvious points.

 

Few supporting examples given are weak or irrelevant.

Argument not present.

 

Few main points, poor development of ideas.

 

No supporting examples given.

 

ORGANIZATION

structure

transitions

Logical progression of ideas, clear structure that enhances topic.

 

Transitions are thoughtful and flow with essay.

Logical progression of ideas but structure not always clear.

 

Transitions are present, but often weak or awkward.

Structure is clear but at times is awkward and/or distracting.

 

Some weak/poor transitions are present.

No discernible structure and/or organization.

 

No transitions are present.

 

STYLE AND MECHANICS

sentence flow and variety

language and word choice

Writing is smooth and skillful, with strong, varied sentences.

 

Language is direct and concise, and words chosen are clear and suitable.

Writing is clear and sentences often have varied structure.

 

Language is sometimes overly wordy, and/or words chosen are fillers or artificial.

Writing is clear overall, but sentences lack variety.

 

Language is often redundant or pompous, and/or words chosen are  unsuitable.

Writing is hard to follow with fragments or run-on sentences.

 

Language is chaotic and words chosen are inappropriate for college-level work.

 

SPELLING AND GRAMMAR

Spelling and grammar are correct. No errors.

Spelling and grammar mainly correct, with few errors (1-3).

Some errors in spelling and grammar (4-6).

Distracting number of spelling and grammar errors.

 

RUBRIC TOTAL

 

LATE POINTS DEDUCTED (1 PER DAY LATE)

 

TOTAL POINTS

 

Remember that this is a 20-point assignment ... the detail and comprehensiveness of your response should reflect that additional weight.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GEOG 1301 PROJECT RUBRIC

Category

4 - Exemplary

3 - Proficient

2 - Partially Proficient

1 - Incomplete

points

FIELDWORK PARTICIPATION

contributes a lot to tasks, encourages and supports others

 

consistently stays focused on task and what needs to be done

 

organized

willing team member who tries hard

 

focuses on task and what needs to be done most of the time

 

somewhat organized

a satisfactory team member, does what is required

 

focuses on task and what needs to be done some of the time, needs to be reminded to stay on task

sometimes doesn't participate, may not complete tasks

 

rarely focuses on task and what needs to be done, seldom takes fieldwork seriously

 

FIELDWORK DATA

all tasks correctly completed

 

data correctly recorded in a legible and understandable manner

all tasks correctly completed

 

data sometimes recorded incorrectly or illegibly

some tasks correctly completed

 

data sometimes not recorded resulting in holes in required data

tasks often not completed correctly

 

data often missing, illegible and/or incorrect, pattern of not following protocols / directions

 

INFORMATION IN FIELD MANUAL

all topics addressed, information is insightful

 

clearly relates to main topic and field work

 

several supporting details and/or examples

 

strong, compelling support

 

accurate, add to reader's grasp of topic

questions answered with adequate  sentence or two

 

information clearly relates to main topic and field work

 

occasional supporting details and/or examples

 

strong support

 

accurate

one or more topics not addressed in any way

 

information clearly relates to main topic and field work

 

no supporting details and/or examples

 

provides adequate support

 

usually accurate

several topics not addressed in any way

 

information has little or nothing to do with main topic and field work

 

no supporting details and/or examples

 

insufficient support

 

usually not accurate

 

MECHANICS

spelling and grammar correct

spelling and grammar generally correct (half dozen errors or less)

errors in spelling and grammar (half dozen to dozen errors)

distracting number of errors in spelling and grammar

 

FINISHED MANUAL

organized, easy to read

 

eye-catching, creates interest

 

demonstrates ample evidence of research

readable

 

details are brief or obvious

 

demonstrates evidence of research

somewhat unorganized

 

colorless, bland, hard to read

 

sketchy information that may be list-like with little evidence of research

unorganized, difficult to read

 

sloppy

 

no evidence of research

 

RUBRIC TOTAL (20 points max)

 

LATE POINTS DEDUCTED (1 PER DAY LATE)

 

TOTAL POINTS

 

Remember that this is a 20-point assignment ... the detail and comprehensiveness of your response should reflect that additional weight. It's also your last opportunity to show me how much you've learned in the course.

 


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